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.

69 Search results

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

Is there a price bubble in the German market for residential property? Type: Research Project

Markets for assets such as real estate are prone to price exaggeration. Overconfidence, herd instincts and other behavioural anomalies of investors can lead to self-enforcing price trends and the formation of price bubbles. Speculative debt and banking crises may …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: December 2018 – June 2020

Global urban transformation: involving New Urban Agenda, SDGs and the Paris Agreement into Germany‘s local and national urban development Type: Research Project

International and European agreements like the New Urban Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Urban Agenda for the EU give new impetus and place demands on cities. In order to make municipalities future-compliant and to …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: September 2017 – October 2019

Housing Policies in the European Union Type: Research Project

Housing policy is a central field of action for all member states of the European Union. The manifestation is the product of an individual historical evolutionary path, local market structures as well as the national legal framework and funding-policy measures. In …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Ongoing Started: Seit January 2018

Risk assessment of the future effects of climate change for the real estate industry (ImmoRisk)
Type: Research Project

Real estate owners, investors and developers need more transparency regarding current and future climate related hazards and risks, especially to reduce the extent of financial and health risks of climate change. Within the GIS-ImmoRisk research project a …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: October 2015 – December 2018

Proof of the energy standard for implementing a climate component in housing benefit Type: Research Project

In apartments with a high energy standard, the basic rent is often higher than the maximum amounts under § 12 Housing Benefits Act (Wohngeldgesetz). As a result, they are often not affordable for housing allowance recipients. The examination of the extension of the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – December 2018

Specialist Agency of the Alliance for Affordable Housing and Construction Type: Research Project

With the national Alliance for Affordable Housing and Construction (Bündnis für Bezahlbares Wohnen und Bauen), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety brought a central organisation to life in 2014 to overcome pressing …

Programme: further programmes Status: Completed Project duration: January 2015 – December 2018

Transforming non-residential buildings into residential properties Type: Research Project

On the one hand, a considerable number of vacant non-residential buildings have been recorded in many German cities in recent years accompanied by a decrease in rentability of office space. On the other hand, housing markets have revealed supply bottlenecks resulting in …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: March 2015 – December 2017

Garden City 21 – a new model for urban development in densely structured conurbations – vision or utopia? Type: Research Project

The current challenges of urban development in conurbations are diverse and increasingly linked with the desire for new forms of urban living, which display parallels to the the garden city movement of the early 20th century. This gives rise to the proposition that the …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2015 – July 2017

Integration of refugees into the regular housing market Type: Research Project

The number of asylum seekers and refugees has risen sharply in recent years. This creates new challenges and integration requirements for cities and municipalities. The focus of the study was to what extent it was possible to provide adequate housing for refugees as an …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: August 2016 – August 2017

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