Promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in Germany
BuroHappold Engineering has developed five keystone papers for GIZ’s Sino-German Urbanisation Programme on the emerging issues in urbanisation and the green building sector in Germany. A joint initiative uniting the German and the Chinese governments, the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership was established to address the challenges posed by both rapid urbanisation and climate change to the economy, society and the environment.
The topics covered by the papers are (i) Plus Energy Buildings and Districts, (ii) Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Districts in Urban Renewal, (iii) Transformative City, (iv) Climate Risk Management, and (v) Urban Renewal in Districts. In each paper, policy frameworks were scrutinised, best practice examples presented, and an outlook on emerging trends in the respective sectors provided.
BuroHappold developed the content, graphics, and layout, for each report. Initially available in English, the papers were later translated
The project’s scope required a sophisticated understanding of emerging trends in both the German and international building and urban planning sectors, with a focus on national policy frameworks as well as current practices.
BuroHappold provided analytical and practical insights into the current discourse in the building and planning sector, with an emphasis on energy and climate related impacts, as well as experience of the governmental mechanisms for urban renewal funding.
Our experts were able to provide an overview on political and regulatory frameworks in the German building and planning sector, as well as an exploration of the current challenges facing the sector, our lessons learned, and prospects for the future. We were also able to integrate specific of other relevant stakeholders, such as the German Federal Ministry for the Environmental, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) which is sponsoring the activities of the Sino- German Urbanisation Partnership in China.
The papers were widely shared by the client upon publication, both through their own website and through several professional channels – such as the EcoNet Monitor Special on Green Building 2019 – and drew a large audience in German, Chinese, and international networks.
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