Starting now, university teams can submit their ideas for the international building energy competition. For the first time, the student architecture competition is coming to Germany, and for the first time it is addressing the energy revolution in the neighbourhood: Solar Decathlon goes Urban.
On 18 October 2018, the Federal Government published the new funding announcement for the 7th Energy Research Programme. One of the four priorities is energy use - in buildings and districts, for example.
The state capital Stuttgart and the city of Überlingen are cooperating in the research project "Stadtquartier 2050 - solving challenges together". The aim of the project is to create affordable, climate-neutral living space in the conversion and development of two districts.
On the campus of the vocational college in Detmold, three school buildings and a sports hall were completely refurbished. The facades and top floor slabs were insulated with cellulose, passive house windows were installed and the roof surfaces were covered with PV panels. The existing heating system will continue to be used at lower temperatures. Combined with solar power generation and the use of district heating from biomass, the buildings are now reaching plus energy levels.