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Award "Exemplary Buildings in the State of Hesse 2020

Deadline extension! Instead of 31.12.2020 the project submission ends up to and including Friday, 22.01.2021.

Prize for architecture and urban development

The State of Hesse, represented by the Hessian Ministry of Finance and the Chamber of Architects and Town Planners of Hesse jointly offer the award under a specific theme every three years. The theme for 2020 is "Sustainability“.

The competition is looking for innovative projects and plans in the field of sustainable planning and building that have been implemented in Hessen in the last five years or are currently being implemented.


TRASIQ 2: Transformative strategies for integrated neighbourhood development

Since April 2020, the Öko-Institut has been conducting research into how urban neighbourhoods can be sustainably transformed, using two neighbourhoods in the swarming city of Darmstadt as examples, in the project Transformative Strategies for Integrated Neighbourhood Development (TRASIQ 2). The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project, which is led by the Öko-Institut and involves the City of Darmstadt, the Institute for Regional and Urban Development Research (ILS) and the "Team Ewen" agency.

Mobility, heat and living space

The project focuses on the research topics of mobility, heat supply and efficient use of living space. Heat supply is an important key to climate-friendly living. How and where, for example, can district heating be expanded in existing properties? How can we increase the share of renewable energies in the heat supply? The size of the living space also contributes to how environmentally friendly a person lives. What needs to be done to ensure that people have the living space they need in their particular phase of life through intelligent apartment swaps? How can neighbourhoods be redesigned so that residents can organise their mobility ecologically?


RENN.west campaign "Goals need action" launched

On Saturday, 14 September, the RENN.west campaign "Goals need action" was launched in Dortmund. It informs about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and mobilizes people for their implementation. Prominent supporters are the BVB, the multiple boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko and the top model Elena Carrière.


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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Hesse launches consulting program for fuel cell heating systems

Many detached houses and apartment buildings, as well as commercial buildings, are suitable for the installation of a fuel cell heating system. It generates electricity and heat at the same time. The installation of such micro-CHP systems is also promoted by the federal government. Dr. Karsten McGovern, head of the LandesEnergieAgentur (LEA), says: "For many years, Hesse has been supporting fuel cell heating as a building block for the [...]


Fulda is the first "star city" in Germany

For its fight against light pollution, the city of Fulda in eastern Hesse has been honored as Germany's first dark sky municipality by the International Dark Sky Association in the USA. Fulda Mayor Heiko Wingenfeld (CDU) said: "A large part of light pollution is avoidable, and we want to set an example for other municipalities with intelligent solutions." […]


Frankfurt "rent decision" collects 25000 signatures

Frankfurt/Main (dpa) - The Frankfurt "Bündnis Mietentscheid" submitted about 25,000 signatures to the electoral office on Tuesday. The participants want to achieve a referendum on the preservation and expansion of subsidized housing, as spokespersons for the alliance said before the handover.


Five new solar energy villages in Germany

Heating village heating networks with sun and wood is becoming a model for success. In Germany, five such heating systems are being launched this year. While the heating sector is the problem child of the energy transition throughout Germany, numerous villages are showing how the conversion to renewable energies can be mastered in one fell swoop. More and more frequently [...]


Passive house standard is economical

Since 1999, ABG Frankfurt Holding has built around 3,000 apartments in passive house standard for residents from 180 nations, ranging from subsidized apartments to condominiums. Due to the low ancillary costs and the high living comfort, there are hardly any vacancies. "We build cheaper than the competition, which either doesn't want or can't do Passive House," [...]


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.


Frankfurt wants to build a new city district on 550 ha

The city of Frankfurt is initiating the largest urban development project of recent decades: In the northwest, 550 hectares of current agricultural land between the Frankfurt districts of Niederursel and Praunheim and the neighboring towns of Steinbach and Oberursel are to be turned into a neighborhood with up to 11,400 apartments.


Hesse's Climate Protection Plan 2025 aims to actively promote timber construction

After one and a half years of consultation, the black-green Hessian state government has adopted its Climate Protection Plan 2025. According to this plan, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 30 percent by 2020, by 40 percent by 2025 and by at least 90 percent by 2050 (compared to the base year 1990). By achieving these goals, Hesse aims to [...]


Visions for the Future: Shaping Urban Neighborhoods Participatively and Sustainably

How can cities develop sustainably? How can they limit traffic, reduce pollutants and make attractive use of urban areas, and how can they create affordable, attractive housing for all? These and other questions are at the heart of a project just launched by the Öko-Institut in cooperation with the Institute for Regional and Urban Development Research (ILS, Dortmund), the [...]


Institute Living and Environment (IWU): Vision of the energy-efficient city

In cooperation between the TU Darmstadt and the Institute Housing and Environment (IWU), the endowed junior professorship "Models of Housing and Energy Policy in Cities" was established and filled by the scientist Kai Schulze. He teaches and conducts research at the Institute of Political Science in the Department of Social and Historical Sciences at TU Darmstadt.


Passive house with energy gain confirms concept in practice

In 2013, ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING built an apartment building with 17 residential units at Cordierstraße 4 in Frankfurt am Main as a passive house with energy gain in an existing neighbourhood. The specified orientation of the new replacement building, which is unfavourable for solar optimisation, posed particular challenges in achieving an energy surplus in the [...]


Support programme for fuel cell CHP

While the sound barrier of 100,000 installed fuel cells was already broken in Japan last year, numerous heating technology suppliers presented natural gas fuel cell heaters for the first time at the ISH in Frankfurt in March of this year, which are now to conquer German boiler rooms after decades of development and testing.


Solar pioneer Wagner Solar with new owner

Since September 2014, Wagner Solar, a solar pioneer from Cölbe, has been a subsidiary of Sanderink Holding under the leadership of Dutch entrepreneur Gerard Sanderink. The business operations are continued under the name Wagner Solar GmbH. The managing director is Brigitte van Egten, a lawyer with experience in the industry.