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Difu report: Major differences in sustainability in German municipalities

The new National Progress Report on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda shows the state of sustainability in urban development in German municipalities. The report was prepared by the German Institute of Urban Affairs on behalf of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).

25% of Europe's greenhouse gases come from buildings - scientists call for policy change

To live up to its climate change pledge under the Paris Agreement, the European Union must ensure that all 250 million existing buildings, as well as all new buildings in the EU, produce near-zero greenhouse gas emissions. In a new report, European national academies of science, through their association EASAC, call for far-reaching policy action. "Policies have long focused on creating energy-efficient buildings that require less heating and air conditioning or generate renewable energy on site. However, the energy used to operate buildings is only part of the story. We need to broaden the scope and look at emissions from building materials and methods - both for new buildings and for building refurbishment," says William Gillett, Director of EASAC's Energy Programme.

Guidelines for the design of our living spaces: Code of Building Culture published

Building culture is becoming a recognised goal in the real estate industry: with support from the real estate and housing industry, the Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry (ICG) and the Federal Foundation for Building Culture initiated and developed the Code for building culturea voluntary commitment for the responsible performance of tasks by companies in the real estate industry.

Alliance for more climate protection in the construction sector: Federal government must address savings potential in construction and waste disposal

A broad alliance of actors from civil society, science, industry and practice is calling on the German government to promote the climate-friendly construction, maintenance and demolition of buildings. Up to now, only the use phase of buildings has been taken into account in state subsidies for buildings and in the Building Energy Act. There is a complete lack of specifications and consideration of the climate impact of building materials and the construction and disposal of buildings - despite the fact that the construction sector, with its upstream and downstream processes, contributes around 8 percent to German greenhouse gas emissions.

New Leipzig Charter between aspiration and reality

On the occasion of the meeting of the EU Ministers for Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion on the "New Leipzig Charter", Daniela Wagner, Spokesperson for Urban Development of the Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Bundestag, explains:

We welcome the "New Leipzig Charter". Without the transformational power of cities and the ideas and energy of their inhabitants, we will not be able to meet the challenges of the climate crisis. Nevertheless, the Charter contains considerable gaps. The guiding principle of the resilient city is missing. The development of robust and resilient cities is important in order to better assess risks and to be able to recognise and prevent dangers in good time. Nor is the model of the healthy city mentioned - despite the heat waves caused by the climate crisis, a never-ending stream of air pollutants from fossil combustion engines and the current challenge of a global pandemic.

BBSR publication "Social Mix and Good Neighbourhoods in Newly Developed Neighbourhoods".

Cover: BBSR, 2020The Institute for Urban Planning and Social Research WEEBER+PARTNER (Stuttgart) examined 16 case studies and interviewed responsible persons in municipal, cooperative and private housing companies. The projects are characterized by a wide range of planning and construction approaches. According to the study, social diversity requires structural diversity: Rental, social and owner-occupied apartments of different sizes and with diverse layouts were created in the new housing quarters. They are socially mixed - even within buildings - with the respective proportions in the neighbourhood being derived from local requirements. The new quarters also offer space for communal forms of living, for example for older people and those in need of care. And they are characterised by an attractively designed and green residential environment. Concept awards promote the planning and implementation of such projects: Through them, plots of land are not allocated according to the highest price, but for the best concept.

BBSR publication on concept awards in neighbourhoods

Cover image: BBSR, BMIConceptual procedures are increasingly establishing themselves as a further instrument of municipal land policy for locations with development potential. Here, the property is not allocated according to the highest price, but according to the concept that promises the most sustainable approaches to the further development of the neighbourhood. In this way, the procedures offer municipalities approaches to solving two current and urgent problems: the need for high-quality urban development and affordable housing.

Results of the Construction Ministers Conference 2020 in Weimar

At their meeting in Weimar on 24 and 25 September, the building ministers of the federal states adopted resolutions on social housing, the use of ecological building materials and the digitalisation of the building permit procedure.

The EU's plan to become involved in the area of public housing promotion within the framework of the new "InvestEU" fund was critically assessed. The Federal Government was therefore called upon to advocate a modification of the programme so that subsidies are only granted if the provisions of regional, national or federal subsidy regimes are observed, in particular if a rent and occupancy obligation is provided for. The Chairman of the Conference of Building Ministers, Thuringia's Infrastructure Minister Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff, said: "It remains an important task to create affordable housing in Germany. The federal government must continue to provide at least the same level of funding. To make faster progress, we would need more money in the system. The EU's commitment is therefore to be welcomed in principle. But we must ensure that the money also reaches social housing, and we agree that this can best be done through the established funding programmes of the Länder."

Deutsche Wohnen's push to finance building refurbishments

Climate protection is important to over 80 percent of Germans - but this should not be reflected in higher rental costs. In order to increase the acceptance of energy-efficient renovations, Deutsche Wohnen has developed a model of how climate protection and social compatibility can come together. The "Concept for Socially Compatible Climate Protection in the Building Sector" aims to significantly increase the rate of refurbishment in existing buildings in order to achieve national climate protection targets. At the same time, an economic stimulus package worth billions is being initiated.

Bavaria: Building with wood is put on an equal footing with other building materials

The new version of the Bavarian Building Code will make it easier to build with wood in the future. In future, it can be used in all building classes. Schreyer: "With this, we are making wood significantly more attractive as a building material and thus making construction more sustainable." The Council of Ministers passed the amendment in its session today. Now it is the turn of the state parliament.

Bundestag passes new building energy law

On 18 June 2020, the German Bundestag passed the Building Energy Act (GEG) in its third reading. With this law, the federal government is combining the existing requirements of the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV), the Renewable Energies Heat Act (EEWärmeG) and the Energy Saving Act (EnEG). For the information programme Zukunft Altbau (Future of Old Buildings), which is supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, the specifications of the new law are not ambitious enough. To bring climate-friendly building and renovation nationwide on the way is not possible in the future. "The legislator has missed it to introduce more demanding standards," says Frank Hettler of Zukunft Altbau. "For a sustainable building stock in Germany, however, these are urgently needed to achieve the climate targets." The GEG will now be forwarded to the Bundesrat, which, however, does not require approval, and is expected to come into force by the end of the year.

Berlin's rent cap takes effect

The rent cap has been in force in Berlin since the end of February 2020 and is now having an effect:
by 8%, asking rents for capped existing apartments are on average
while prices for new buildings not covered by the specifications rose by 17%.

RLP facilitates building with wood

Council of Ministers approves bill to amend state building code

In its meeting on 26 May 2020, the Rhineland-Palatinate Council of Ministers approved in principle a draft bill to amend, among other things, the Rhineland-Palatinate Building Code. The amendment of the state building code is intended to implement changes to the so-called model building code that have already been adopted or are in preparation.

With building culture through the Corona crisis: planning and building industry proposes four-point plan

The Federal Chamber of Architects (BAK) and the Federal Foundation for Building Culture, on behalf of the planning and building industry, today presented their proposal for an "Innovation Programme for Building Culture" to politicians in Berlin.

Anne Katrin Bohle, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs, accepted the four-point plan. In it, the authors suggest measures to overcome the Corona crisis that will have a sustainable economic and social impact.

Economists call for more public housing

The federal government can give new impetus to public housing construction in Germany in the short term and thus help to ease the acute housing shortage in many major cities. The key to this is three federally owned companies that provide flexible support to Länder and municipalities in the development of construction projects and the construction of new housing: First, a consulting company that provides planning capacity to cities and municipalities. Second, a land fund that provides financial and conceptual assistance to municipalities nationwide in acquiring building land and financing infrastructure. Third, an investment company that strengthens the equity of municipal housing companies through financial participation. This is shown by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Dullien, Scientific Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) of the Hans Böckler Foundation and Prof. Dr. Tom Krebs of the University of Mannheim in a new concept for a federal initiative "Future Housing".

Launch of the Housing.2050 initiative

Climate protection has long been one of the most urgent topics for the housing industry. In order to achieve a climate-neutral building stock by 2050, the 24 founding companies of the Wohnen.2050 initiative met in Berlin on 28 January 2020 to found the association. The nationwide association was initiated by the Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt group of companies.

"Don't just talk about climate change, act" - under this motto, the Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt Group invited founding partners from all over Germany to found the Initiative Wohnen.2050 (IW2050) association. The overarching objective is a climate policy alliance, which, in addition to strategic cooperation and a technical and content-related comparison, primarily focuses on economic and financial concerns to achieve the targets.

Further promotion of timber construction in Munich

The Munich City Council's Committee for Urban Planning and Building Regulations has decided to promote the construction of new, contemporary timber construction projects. This year, the city council will develop another grant programme for construction using wood and other renewable raw materials.

The subsidy programme is suitable both for individual projects and for larger housing estates and neighbourhoods. The aim of the city administration is to ensure that around 50 percent of the buildings on municipal land are constructed using timber.

German Environmental Aid and German Tenants' Association present plan for socially acceptable and climate-friendly building policy

Climate protection and socially just construction and housing must be considered together - Legal regulations in the rental housing sector and state subsidy practice undermine climate goals in the building sector - Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Deutscher Mieterbund present 10-point immediate programme for socially acceptable design of energy modernisation in existing and new buildings - KfW subsidy practice must be subjected to a reality check - Social provisions must be supplemented by climate policy requirements

State building regulations in Schleswig-Holstein have become more wood-friendly

Discrimination in multi-storey construction has been abolished: The Schleswig-Holstein State Building Code (LBO-SH) was amended by law on 1 October 2019. The amendments came into force at the end of October 2019. On the one hand, the amendment ends the disadvantage of timber construction in multi-storey construction and continues to create the conditions for additional living space under easier conditions.


New urban development funding - simpler, more flexible, greener

Almost €1 billion in federal funding for urban development and social integration in neighbourhoods in 2020 The federal and state governments have jointly developed a new structure for urban development funding from 2020: A total of €790 million will be available in three (instead of the previous six) concentrated urban development funding programmes. In addition to the funding requirement of climate change/climate adaptation, new [...]

rbb documentary (2019) "Im Möckernkiez"

Germany's largest cooperative housing project in Berlin

28:58 Min. Video available until: Dec. 02, 2020. first broadcast on: 2.12.2019

Living in the metropolis, in a large community, according to its own rules. Central, energy-saving, ecological, cosmopolitan, integrative. The residents of Möckernkiez in Berlin-Kreuzberg have fulfilled this dream.

Note from sdg21 editors:
In the documentary you will see
- beautiful aerial views of the residential neighborhood,
- by means of individual portraits, how life is in such a living environment and what the difference is to normal living
- which advantages the car-free mobility concept has
- how the ecological energy concept with solar power and BHKWs works, the energy centre is very impressive!
- how the financing as a housing cooperative works
- what financing problems there were with the large cooperative project
- what it means to implement self-determination in the neighbourhood
- and how the mix of uses was realised

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Hamburg's new climate plan and new climate protection law

Senate adopts concrete measures for the next ten years and sets new CO2-targets for 2030 and 2050

December 3, 2019. Today, the Senate has set two decisive courses to achieve Hamburg's climate goals with an update of its climate plan and a new climate protection law. CO2 emissions are to fall by 55 percent by 2030, and Hamburg is to become climate-neutral by 2050. The climate plan describes the responsibility and the respective CO2 reduction targets in the sectors "transport", "private households", "trade, services, commerce" and "industry". It contains a large number of concrete measures which are to lead to the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030. The draft of the new climate protection law creates a binding legal framework for this.

Two video documentaries (2019 & 2018) about Franklin Village in Mannheim, Germany.

1:22 min. Published: 7 2019

NIEMANDSLAND - a documentary about people you meet in an abandoned place. A film about the future of the Benjamin Franklin Village in Mannheim.

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A joint project of the city of Mannheim, MWSP and GALLION.

2:15 min. (as of 9.2018); glimpses of new buildings on the site

Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/quartier-franklin-in-mannheim


DAI Berlin Declaration on Housing Policy

24 October 2019 Strengthen energy refurbishment of buildings and demand responsibility from landlords. Housing policy must create supportive framework conditions and thus contribute to the reduction of living space. "For a necessary energy turnaround in the housing industry, conditions must be created that demonstrate tangible incentives for owners and users to consume less energy in the future," [...]

Affordable housing. Examples from NRW

"Housing: How is it better?" the story WDR by Justine Rosenkranz and Sara Wendhack.
44 min, available until: 4.9.2020


Topics and Projects:
- Old velvet weaving mill in Krefeld
- Community housing project (cohousing) in Düren, 200 apartments in 7 buildings
- Student housing with seniors
- Cologne: Municipal housing policy for affordable housing. Increases in storeys, building communities

Freiburg launches timber construction offensive

With the timber construction funding program, the city wants to promote concrete timber buildings, especially in residential construction Timber Construction Guide presents 29 realized and forward-looking timber construction projects in Freiburg More climate protection with the renewable raw material wood. Timber construction in Freiburg is an important instrument for climate protection and indispensable for achieving the city's ambitious climate protection goals. […]

3.4 MWp tenant electricity PV plant in Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Cooperation between Stadtwerke and berlinovo for largest German tenant power project Mietersonne Kaulsdorf, the largest German tenant power project with a capacity of almost 3.4 megawatts (MW), is being built by Berliner Stadtwerke for the Berlin housing association berlinovo in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Tenants of 4,300 apartments will be able to benefit from the green electricity generated directly on their roofs.

Wood Construction Award 2020 in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg

The Timber Construction Award 2020 Building with Wood in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg honours realised buildings that are predominantly constructed from wood and wood-based materials as well as other renewable raw materials. The primary objective is to promote the use and further development of this resource-saving, environmentally friendly and sustainable building material. The buildings to be submitted should be of high design quality [...].

For climate protection: Berlin builds with wood

From the meeting of the Berlin Senate on 24 September 2019: At its meeting today, the Senate adopted the report to the House of Representatives on "Sustainability in construction: Berlin builds with wood", following a presentation by the Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, Regine Günther. The Senate is consistently pursuing the goal of making Berlin [...]

Conference of Construction Ministers promotes timber construction

Nationwide, construction with wood for buildings up to the high-rise limit is to be made easier and the Model Building Code (MBO) adapted accordingly. This was adopted by the Construction Ministers' Conference (BMK) at the end of the two-day conference in Norderstedt. In addition to climate-friendly construction with a focus on wood, the topic of "affordable housing" was also on the agenda.

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Leipzig Charter 2.0

Anne Katrin Bohle has been State Secretary for Construction at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Housing since March 2019. The "Leipzig Charter" is to be further developed into the "Leipzig Charter 2.0" by the time of the German EU Council Presidency in 2020. The "Leipzig Charter", which is little known even among experts, invokes the values of "citizens' co-determination and self-determination, calls for the [...]

ifeu short report "Social climate protection in rented housing

BUND and the ifeu - Institute for Energy and Environmental Research have produced various studies on building issues over the last 10 years, including "13 measures against energy waste in the boiler room". This study now deals with the core issue of cost allocation for energy modernisation in rented buildings. Already in the year [...]

Kiel founds municipal housing company

The Kiel City Council will probably vote on the establishment of a municipal housing company on 19 September 2019. Initially, 1,000 apartments are to be built; in the long term, 4,000 new apartments are to be created.

Video (2019) about the increase of the Platensiedlung in Ginnheim

3:16 min may 2019

Aerial photos taken by a drone show the status of implementation in May 2019. The Platensiedlung in Ginnheim (Frankfurt am Main) will have 2 storeys added without additional land sealing and the existing buildings will be renovated to make them more energy efficient.

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Darmstadt decides on "socially just use of land

03.07.2019 In its meeting on 3 July 2019, the Magistrate decided to introduce the principles for "socially appropriate land use in Darmstadt" (SoBoDA) and to establish a responsible project group. The set of rules is one element of the 21 points of the bundle of measures of the Housing Policy Concept of the City of Science Darmstadt, which is a new overarching political steering instrument [...]