Case Study Energetic Neighborhood Concepts

Problem definition and objective

Legal goals such as increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions challenge existing urban structures, as, for example, almost 40% of energy consumption in Germany is accounted for by the residential areas.

In selected districts, the so-called energetic quarters, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) promotes the development of concepts in various fields of action that support the fulfillment of legal goals. These include the energetic renovation of buildings (measures for insulation, heating systems, etc.), mobility or climate-conscious consumption behavior. In addition, the infrastructure of the heat supply and the use of renewable energies are examined.

Looking at districts in the long term leads to the energetic realignment of entire cities and strengthens the neighborhood awareness of the residents. However, the success of energetic neighborhood concepts has so far been little measurable and therefore little studied. Relevant measures of success in the district context are the innovativeness and the success of the implementation of the concepts, which are influenced by various factors in the concept development. In addition to the composition of the project team (technical orientation, etc.) and the actual project management, the inclusion of various local actors and further heterogeneous stakeholder groups in the concept development process has an influence on the implementation success. In a multi-stage empirical study, the Chair of Technology Management first examines qualitatively process and challenges in the concept development and implementation and then quantitatively the innovativeness and its influencing factors like different stakeholder management approaches.

Empirical approach

In a first case study, concept creators and renovation management were exploratively questioned about neighborhood concepts in Schleswig-Holstein. From this it is possible to draw conclusions about success factors and coordination problems in multi-actor networks for the implementation of such urban innovations.

Subsequently, the measures developed in concepts are extracted via text mining and evaluated according to the degree of innovation. In addition, the framework conditions of the concept development are surveyed in a Germany-wide study.


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