Programme-related research: Learning from experience

At present there is little experience to draw on for many of the challenges facing energy-efficient urban redevelopment. What are the synergies between grid infrastructure upgrades to improve district heating efficiency and building refurbishment? How, for instance, can property owners be motivated to switch from individual domestic heating units to more efficient communal systems using combined heat and power.

To ensure that practical application, science and policies can benefit from the knowledge gained in the projects, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community commissioned the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) and the KfW with programme-related research. The research consists of the scientific study of 63 projects which were the first in Germany to begin developing integrated neighbourhood strategies for energy efficiency. The findings are then used to make recommendations for updating the Energy-efficient Urban Redevelopment Programme and its continued application in the participating neighbourhoods.

This research fulfils the dual purpose of scientific investigation and the communication of the project to the public. The research focuses on four aspects of the programme:

  • Planning: Drawing up integrated neighbourhood strategies for energy efficiency and implementing them as an urban development instrument.
  • Engineering and environmental science: Realising the energy targets, climate goals and benefits of energy-efficient urban redevelopment.
  • Political and social activities: Bringing actors together, determining interests, designing processes and coordinating implementation.
  • Economic measures: Creating incentives and structuring finance.

The programme-related research draws together experience gained in the pilot projects and carries out surveys, workshops and conferences. Twelve selected representative projects are being studied in greater depth. The results are made available in flyers, brochures and on these webpages.