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Aquaponics in the show with the mouse

Explained in just under 10 min. The video is from April 2019 and shows two larger aquaponics facilities in Berlin.

German Urban Development Award 2020 goes toBerlin

The prize is awarded every two years by the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) with significant support from the Wüstenrot Foundation. Urban Development Award in the DSP 2020 competition goes to the project Quarter at the former Blumengroßmark in Berlin. With 81 applications, a particularly large number of projects were submitted for the Urban Design Award. The spectrum was very broad: urban-structural-geographical, thematic, structural-spatial. From the new town hall in the urban planning context of a small municipality to the large conversion project of a metropolitan region, the interdisciplinary jury (urban planning, architecture, open space planning, preservation of historical monuments, economics, sociology) was faced with a very difficult decision in many cases.

Reportage of the city of Berlin "Resource-efficient building with concrete, gypsum, brick and wood".

Around 60 percent of the resources used in Berlin are processed in the construction industry. This contrasts with millions of tonnes of building rubble and construction site waste. Every year, 2.2 million tons of primary raw materials are already saved in civil engineering and building construction in Berlin through the use of quality-assured secondary raw materials. But Berlin does not intend to stop there. By 2030, a further 1.4 million tonnes of primary materials are to be replaced by secondary raw materials each year.

Berlin tenant power project with 500 kWp

Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Neues Berlin and Berliner Stadtwerke have agreed on another joint tenant power project. Six solar power systems with an output of around 500 kilowatts are being built in the Mühlengrund housing estate in Hohenschönhausen. Tenants of more than 1,100 apartments will soon be able to benefit from green electricity from their own roofs.

1,000 PV systems on Deutsche Wohnen propertiesDeutsche Wohnen

Offensive for green electricity: Installation of 1,000 new photovoltaic systems and 2,000 charging points in Deutsche Wohnen neighbourhoods

"The building sector is responsible for around one third of all CO2-emissions in Germany. To achieve a climate-neutral building stock by 2050, the energy refurbishment of existing buildings alone is not enough," explains Michael Zahn, CEO of Deutsche Wohnen SE. "We also need to exploit the technological possibilities for CO2-Reduction to the fullest and open up the opportunity for our tenants to live sustainably."

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.

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%.

Berlin Senate adopts "Solarcity Master Plan

From the March 10, 2020 meeting of the Senate:

The Senate today adopted a comprehensive catalogue of measures to accelerate the expansion of solar energy in Berlin, based on a proposal by Ramona Pop, Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry.

Senator Pop: "The potential study for the Solarcity master plan has shown that we can harvest 25 percent of electricity generation with solar energy from the roofs of Berlin. To achieve this, we must accelerate the expansion of solar energy in the city. It is necessary for the federal government to finally improve the legal framework for solar energy in cities. Nevertheless, we want to actively use the existing leeway at the state level. With the Solarcity Master Plan, we will expand information and advice, set incentives and also examine regulatory instruments. The implementation of the Solarcity Master Plan is a joint task for the Senate, but also for all Berlin stakeholders from business and society."

EnergiespeicherPLUS - Berlin funding programme for electricity storage goes online

The aim of the EnergiespeicherPLUS programme is to drive forward the expansion of photovoltaics in Berlin and to increase the share of renewable energies in electricity consumption, even in times of low sun and low wind. This benefits climate protection, as CO 2 -emissions can be avoided. The Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme provides subsidies for the investment costs of electricity storage systems if a photovoltaic system is installed at the same time. The
IBB Business Team GmbH implements the program. Since 1 January 2020, an electronic application for funding can now be submitted quickly and easily to the IBB Business Team GmbH under www.energiespeicherplus.de be put.

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

Info about the project

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.

Exemplary sustainable procurement in the Berlin authorities

Since January, Berlin has had what it claims to be the toughest administrative regulations for procurement and the environment in the country. Thomas Schwilling from the responsible department has accompanied the development and knows about its effect - and the hurdles. An interview: www.nachhaltigkeitsrat.de/aktuelles/was-berlin-in-sachen-nachhaltiger-beschaffung-unternimmt/

Berlin public utilities exceed the solar 10 MW threshold

Eight hectares of modules built on Berlin's roofs, almost half of them on residential buildings Berlin's municipal utilities are clearly picking up the pace in the expansion of solar installations in the capital. The municipal green electricity producer exceeded the 10 megawatt threshold at the end of September.

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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Berlin facilitates the use of balcony PV modules

Since September 2018, balcony PV modules may generally be connected in every apartment. Berlin has now greatly simplified the registration process. Berliners can thus become their own energy supplier with little effort and save cash.

Berlin Timber Construction Offensive

On 21 March 2019, the members of the Berlin state parliament unanimously voted in favour of promoting urban timber construction. Following Baden-Württemberg, the state of Berlin has now also decided to focus on wooden buildings in the future with the motion "Sustainability in construction: Berlin builds with wood". Within the framework of the Berlin Energy [...]

Sector-coupled steel storage for Berlin quarter

Berlin, 22 October 2018: Vattenfall Energy Solutions, Gewobag and the energy storage start-up Lumenion are jointly piloting a new type of sector-coupled steel storage system at Bottroper Weg in Berlin-Tegel, which absorbs regional generation peaks from wind and solar energy in a grid-serving manner and later provides the renewable energy as heat and electricity in line with demand.

PV study: Ten gigawatts possible in Berlin

Six to ten gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity could be installed on Berlin buildings. More than enough to cover 25 percent of Berlin's electricity supply with solar energy, as envisaged in the plan for Berlin. But the current pace of expansion is decidedly too slow. The Solarcity Berlin master plan envisages a quarter of [...]

Network Immovielien e.V. founded

Immovielien contra Staats- und Marktversagen in der Bodenpolitik Almost 50 members from all over Germany founded the association Netzwerk Immovielien e. V. at the ufaFabrik in Berlin-Tempelhof on 18 June 2018. Since 2017, actors from civil society, the public sector, business, welfare, and academia have been working closely together in the network and are jointly [...]

Large demonstration in Berlin against rent madness

On Saturday 14.4.2018, around 13,000 to 15,000 people took to the streets in Berlin under the slogan "Resistance - together against displacement and rent madness". 254 initiatives and organizations (see mietenwahnsinn.info/initiativen) called for the protest march. Many Berliners fear for their existence due to high housing costs.

Young housing cooperatives call for rethinking

Demand Paper of the Alliance of Young Cooperatives Berlin of March 9, 2018 In order to advance the construction of affordable housing, an Alliance of Young Cooperatives was founded in Berlin in 2017. "Housing cooperatives have been a cornerstone of the socially responsible and affordable housing market in Berlin for well over 100 years," notes the cooperative board of Bremer Höhe and [...]

6th University Day "City and Region as a Place of Work

On 1 and 2 June 2018 in Berlin Venue: Kalkscheune Berlin, Johannisstraße 2, 10117 Berlin The demands on cities and regions as places to work are changing with the ongoing economic structural change. After industrialization and tertiarization, digitalization brings new profound changes for the world of work and thus new challenges for the [...]

IBA_LAB N°5 "The Knowledge City of Tomorrow".

Symposium of the Heidelberg International Building Exhibition takes place in Berlin for the first time On 27 September 2017, the IBA_LAB, the symposium of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg, will take place for the fifth time in a row. This year, for the first time, discussants and guests will meet in the German capital Berlin to broaden their perspective and discuss the question of the "knowledge city of tomorrow" [...]

Video (2017) Möckernkiez in Berlin celebrates topping-out ceremony

14:16 min, from 15.08.2017, compilation of the event

"A year ago, Germany's largest cooperative building project was on the brink of collapse; on Thursday, the Möckernkiez is celebrating its topping-out ceremony. Just under a third of the 470 apartments at Gleisdreieck are to be ready by the beginning of the year - much later and more expensive than planned."

All apartments are scheduled to be ready for occupancy by July 1, 2018.

Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/moeckernkiez-eg-berlin

40 years of the Öko-Institut

On 5 November 1977 27 people, including lawyers from the anti-nuclear movement, members of various environmental movements and critical natural scientists, but also economists and representatives of the Protestant Church, founded the Öko-Institut in Freiburg. The aim was to provide the public with independent scientific advice and well-founded expert opinions.

Dragoner-Areal in Kreuzberg: Planning Utopia

"The planning for the Kreuzberg site is beginning. The initiatives that fought against privatization for a long time are allowed to have a say." Read the article from 17.7.2017: www.taz.de/Dragoner-Areal-in-Kreuzberg/!5427116

WerkBundCity Berlin

33 architectural firms from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, among others, have presented the design for WerkBundStadt Berlin. Around 1,100 new apartments are to be built in 38 buildings on 2.8 hectares of land. A critique of it in the deutsche bauzeitung (db) reminds readers of the historical legacy in which the project stands: "There [...]

Video (2012) The treehouse of Frei Otto in Berlin-Tiergarten

7:32 min., 2012, Trailer for the documentary about Frei Otto's eco-house in Berlin Tiergarten.

The documentary "Dreaming of a Treehouse" addresses the Ökohaus, an experimental collective housing project in Berlin,
conceived by the famous German architect/engineer Frei Otto.
Interviews with Frei Otto, Christine Kanstinger-Otto, Hermann Kendel, co-architects, planners as well as inhabitants and participatory builders. Commentary by architects Yona Friedman, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.

The whole film can be watched as streaming video in HD quality for a rental fee:

Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes
2011, German, French with English subtitles

Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/baumhaeuser-von-frei-otto-in-berlin-tiergarten