Urban districts and cities
In addition to optimising the energy efficiency of individual buildings, the holistic consideration of urban settlement areas provides considerable potential for increasing the energy efficiency. Here cities can define important framework conditions for implementing energy efficiency measures. They determine the supply structures, land-use plans and energy-related standards in public buildings, and the use of new technologies and modern planning tools can considerably expand their scope for action. Urban districts provide the reference level at which all urban functions such as housing, services, commerce, infrastructure and transport are grounded. Here, technological, socio-spatial and economic processes as well as energy and material flows are visible and controllable.
The subsidised projects are aimed at typical existing districts, redevelopment and commercial areas or campus sites. They are intended to implement model and innovative supply strategies using renewable energies and increased energy efficiency.