The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Research projects

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) supports federal politics with its projects. The projects deal with current issues of spatial planning, urban development as well as building and housing. They reveal the need for political action and provide scientifically sound bases with which political instruments and measures can be further developed.

You can find an overview of current and completed research projects on this page. You can use the search function to search for specific topics using key words.

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Inventory Investments 2018: The Structure of Investment Activity in Residential and Non-residential Inventories Type: Research Project

Official statistics fail to adequately capture the market of existing buildings in German residential and non-residential construction. The goal of this research project was to gather topical and reliable data on inventory activities in residential and non-residential …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: October 2018 – March 2020

Forecasting German construction prices over the medium term Type: Research Project

German construction prices have soared in recent years. It was only in the course of the Corona pandemic 2020 and the associated macroeconomic slump that the price increase lost some momentum. Scarce production capacities in the construction sector and the recent surge …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: September 2019 – February 2021

Interreg: Spatial effects of transnational cooperation and their measurability Type: Research Project

Preparations for the 2021-2027 transnational cooperation programmes are in full swing. The aim of the project was to identify the specific spatial challenges within the cooperation areas that include Germany and to comment on the draft programmes from a German …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: November 2018 – April 2021

New Urban Agenda of the United Nations: characterising, measuring and visualising the progress of its implementation across various levels Type: Research Project

Compact urban development, the efficient use of resources, mobility in cities and regions as well as the well-being of all are the core messages of the New Urban Agenda adopted by the United Nations as global guiding principle of modern urban development. From 2022, the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: December 2019 – June 2021

Youth projects in structurally weak and rural areas Type: Research Project

As numerous successful youth participation projects in recent years have shown, young people want to – and are able to – play an active role in shaping their living environment and in the development of their town or city. Until now, research has focused on projects in …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2019 – February 2021

Adaptation and update of generic ÖKOBAUDAT data to EN 15804/A2 Type: Research Project

With over 700 EN 15804 and BNB-compliant data sets containing life cycle assessment information on construction products and processes, the ÖKOBAUDAT is the world's largest database in the construction sector. The life cycle assessments are used for optimization in the …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: October 2020 – May 2021

Climate resilient urban regeneration Type: Research Project

The project records the results of the research programme StadtKlimaExWoSt (Urban Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change) and other research looking at the implementation of climate adaption measures in municipalities. In ten case study cities, the factors of success …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – October 2020

"Regional Landscaping" Type: Research Project

How can the spatial planning contribute to an active landscape policy within the meaning of the European Landscape Convention? This was the central question studied by the "Regional Landscaping" field of research. The "Regional Landscaping" demonstration project served …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: October 2016 – October 2020

Expansion of municipal property portfolios through construction and acquisition as a housing policy Type: Research Project

Since 2009, the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBSR) has been gathering information on municipal property portfolios through nationwide surveys every three years. The ExWoSt research project ‘Expansion of municipal property portfolios through …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – December 2020

Evaluation of the 2016 housing benefit reform Type: Research Project

The study has analysed the development of housing benefit (Wohngeld) in the period 2009 to 2015 and presents the resulting need for reform (including ex ante expectations). An ex post impact analysis of the 2016 housing benefit reform was also conducted. Furthermore, …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – July 2020

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