Further development of low-energy neighbourhoods

Innovative further development, linkage and quality assurance inter-operational planning processes and tools for the stepwise modelling, decision making, implementation, management, monitoring and optimization of low-energy neighborhoods regarding renovation as well as new neighborhood projects in an international context.

Client Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Duration March 2018 – December 2023


Low-energy neighborhoods (LEN) are of high relevance for reaching the climate protection goals. Through innovative, sustainable energy supply and mobility solutions LEN have a crucial impact on reducing the greenhouse gasses. At the same time, they can increase the profitability, the energy efficiency as well as the quality of living and at last the satisfaction of their residents.
The goal of the project is therefore to further develop the processes and instruments to support the planning, decision and implementation processes of LEN respectively energy neutral neighborhoods of the renovation of existing buildings as well as new neighborhood concepts under special consideration of buildings and traffic. The target group of the project are scalable neighborhood types in the residential and/or non-residential construction and university campuses. Objective of the project is the development of a consistent and for the actors easy to use method as well as the further development of existing tools for the stepwise development, implementation and of the goal-oriented efficient operation of LEN.
The project outcomes enable decision makers, city and neighborhood planners, project developers, investors, energy providers and municipal utilities a significant simplified stepwise development of highly efficient neighborhood projects in urban and rural areas.

Tasks of IREES

  • Coordination of the evaluation of neighborhood development projects.

  • Formulation of the neighborhood development process and identification of the relevant actors in the steps of the process chain.

  • Investigation and selection of already conducted projects in the public and private sector on building and neighborhood level.

  • Development of an evaluation pattern to evaluate the neighborhood data regarding social-scientific indicators.

  • Feed-in of the social-scientific factors in the development of the tools for the integrated conception and planning of LEN.

  • Participation in the Annex 73 of the International Energy Agency „Towards Energy Resilient Neighborhoods “.

Project partner

  • Climate Protection and Energy Agency Baden Württemberg GmbH (KEA)

  • Steinbeis-Transfercenter gGmbH Locasys

  • GEF Ingenieur AG

  • EniSyst GmbH

  • Drees & Sommer Advanced Building Technologies GmbH

  • University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe – Technology and Economy


Dr. Karin Schakib-Ekbatan
Dr. Karin Schakib-Ekbatan