Electric Steelworks Hennigsdorf
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Recipient of 2021 award for municipalities engaged in tackling climate change
Award-Winning Net-Zero Heating Initiative in Hennigsdorf

The municipality of Hennigsdorf plans to increase the share of net-zero heating in its district heating network to 80 % by 2023. To achieve this goal, the local public utilities company Stadtwerke Hennigsdorf is integrating waste heat from the local steelwork plant into the network.

An employee of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics presents a planning software for neighbourhood development.
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Consulting software for district concepts
Assessing the energy efficiency of urban districts

The energy concept consultant for urban districts supports city planners and other actors in the development of districts during the initial planning phases. The software contains a collection of individual planning tools as well as reference examples for national and international demonstration..

In a first phase of the DataNWG project, screeners in North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia swarmed out and collected structural data on the non-residential buildings in the drawn sample.
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Primary data collection- non-residential construction
Data on the energy efficiency of non-residential buildings in Germany

This project will systematically and comprehensively record non-residential buildings. In a step-by-step process, data for modernisation such as the structure and condition of the buildings, their energy efficiency as well as influencing factors for decision-making processes will be surveyed.

An example of the entrance to a discount shop.
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Energy concept for supermarket
Energy-efficient supermarket utilises daylight and ground cooling

Aldi Süd is testing its “energy saving store of the future” with its new supermarket in Rastatt, Germany. Here the discount supermarket chain wants to save 30 per cent of its energy relative to standard supermarkets.

Vertically and horizontally oriented strip collectors on the demonstration facade.
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Multifunctional solar facades
Facade-integrated solar collectors with multiple uses

The ArKol research project aims to develop two innovative facade collectors from the initial concept to application readiness: a so-called strip collector that allows a considerable degree of freedom in terms of the geometry and material, and a solar thermal blind that can be inserted between...

The new building of the Niederheide primary school consumes little energy during operation, with good air quality in the classroom and a pleasant indoor climate.
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Energy-plus concept
New school building with hybrid ventilation system

The new primary school in Hohen Neuendorf aims to provide contemporary education in a building with an innovative energy concept. The aim of the project is to achieve an energy-plus school with minimal energy consumption in operation and high user comfort with low construction costs...

Example of a window cross-section.
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Building refurbishment
Quality assurance for windows and glazing

The developed measuring device in combination with evaluation software enables the actual energy-related properties of windows and facades in existing buildings to be investigated, whereby the connections to the building structure are also taken into account.

In SmartQuart, different neighborhoods are digitally linked to each other.
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Living Labs for the Energy Transition
SmartQuart: Energy Transition on a Local Scale

We already have the technology to implement the energy, transport, and heating transition on a local scale and power neighbourhoods with 100 % renewable energy. However, to do this, the required facilities and devices must be converted to energy-saving technology.

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CO2-neutral campus
University building with an innovative energy system

With the new-build scheme, Erfurt University of Applied Sciences is expanding its traditional “green campus” with a particularly energy-efficient teaching and laboratory building.

With their new institute building not far from the Hubland campus, the researchers at ZAE Bayern want to demonstrate a whole bundle of innovative technologies and further research them in real building practice.
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Experimental construction
Energy Efficiency Centre as a flagship building for technology

In its new building in Würzburg, a research institute intends to test innovative materials, systems and technologies experimentally and scientifically evaluate their possibilities for use in new and existing buildings.

The Billing Building, a Kunsthalle Mannheim building dating from 1907, was completely renovated. The various measures are intended to reduce energy costs by 25%.
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Utilising daylight
General refurbishment of the Kunsthalle Mannheim

Museums are mostly monumental public buildings with architecturally ornate facades that are also very durable. They are often listed as historic monuments, which presents considerable hurdles for those carrying out refurbishment.

Interior view of the entrance area
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Climate-neutral campus
The climate-neutral campus relies on renewable energies and seasonal heat storage

The “Climate-neutral campus Leuphana University Lüneburg” project is developing a sustainable energy concept for the university itself and the adjacent urban district of Bockelsberg. The aim is to supply all the electricity and heat using renewable energies...