Chair of Building Physics and Building Constructions

Neighborhood Protection Versus Climate Protection?

Strategies for reconciling climate-friendly with socially acceptable neighborhood development

Preliminary phase

New perspectives through co-creative development in the neighborhood.
Making knowledge usable. Capture building-related, neighborhood & cross-sectoral measures.

Neighborhood Protection Versus Climate Protection? - a research project The research and model project “Neighborhood Protection Versus Climate Protection?” aims to develop innovative, scientifically based, implementable strategies for neighborhoods to resolve the conflict of interests between social city and climate neutrality in neighborhood protection areas, i.e. socially acceptable energetic neighborhood development with reductions in CO2.

In cooperation with a number of Berlin districts, scientists, building owners, residents, associations and other expert partners and with support from civil society and professional actors, approaches will be developed step by step to develop cross-functional and socially acceptable climate protection measures in protected areas.

At the same time, in a kind of meta-study, measures, projects and ideas that directly or equivalently reduce CO2 emissions are quantitatively evaluated at the neighborhood level in terms of their impact on climate protection and compared with their effects on neighborhood protection.
In addition, the assessment provides a basis for a digital and near-real-time application for evaluation and monitoring, which can be used as a decision-making aid to support actors as well as further participation.

The project collects information and action bases for an adaptable implementation, which should make it possible to bring strongly protected neighborhoods closer to the requirements of climate protection. The result will provide a toolbox serving as a framework for action and orientation for municipalities, districts, property owners, tenants and the building industry.

The project is conducted jointly with local and higher-level actors on the basis of two reference neighborhoods in Berlin, Mierendorff Insel in Charlottenburg and Schillerpromenade in Neukölln. It thus combines effectively with Berlin’s energy and climate protection program BEK2030 and, in light of current housing policy measures such as the Berlin rent cap, is particularly important for all Berlin districts and beyond if we are to achieve the goal of reconciling climate neutrality and rent control, particularly for existing buildings.

The project (AZ 35861) is funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) and was developed by zukunftsgeraeusche GbR and TU Berlin - the Chairs of Urban Renewal and Sustainable Development and Building Physics and Building Constructions as well as the Office of the First Vice President (Office of Urban Transformation and Transfer) in cooperation with the Berlin districts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Neukölln, insar conslut – Gesellschaft für Stadtplanung, Architektur und Regionalberatung as well as other project partners.

Funding organizationGerman Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
Project durationDecember 2020 to December 2021
Participating research groupsChair of Building Physics and Building Constructions, Chair of Urban Renewal and Sustainable Development (BES)
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