Veröffentlichung: “Energy (in)efficient comfort practices: How building retrofits influence energy behaviours in multi-apartment buildings” in Energy Policy 168/2022

Abstract: One of the main strategies employed to increase the energy efficiency of buildings is the insulation and sealing of building envelopes. This has led to considerable reductions in energy consumption in recent decades. However, with the increasing efficiency of the building envelope, a contrary effect is also evident: energy performance gaps (EPGs), the phenomenon where actual consumption exceeds calculated demand. While EPGs have often been associated with rebound effects, socio-technical studies argue that it is the interactions between occupants and buildings (or building technologies), ...

Veröffentlichung: “Health effects of climate change – are they sufficiently addressed in pediatric settings in Germany to meet parents’ needs?” in Journal of Climate Change and Health 2022

Abstract: Children today are particularly vulnerable to direct and indirect health effects of climate change. Exposure to health hazards related to climate change will increase in the future. These health impacts increasingly pose additional challenges for the health care system, both in curative treatment and in preventive care. This paper therefore examines whether health care facilities for children and adolescents (“pediatric settings”) in Germany are adequately preparing for the impact of climate change on children’s …


Forschungsprojekt „Grüne Stadt der Zukunft“: Umsetzungs- und Verstetigungsphase

Das Forschungsprojekt "Grüne Stadt der Zukunft" geht  in eine Umsetzungs- und Verstetigungsphase. Darin sollen die Ergebnisse der dreijährigen Forschungs- und Entwicklungsphase in die Planungspraxis überführt werden, durch Mainstreaming in der Stadtplanung und Capacity Building für relevante Akteure der Stadtentwicklung. Das Umsetzungsvorhaben läuft von Dezember 2021 bis November 2023 und wird durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung gefördert.

Veröffentlichung: „Designing Urban Green Infrastructure to Effectively Mitigate Urban Density and Heat Stress“ in Urban Planning 2021 6/4

Green infrastructure plays a vital role for cities facing the challenges of urbanisation and climate change. It has the potential to mitigate the adverse effects of urban density and the heat island effect, enhancing the ecological and social resilience of cities and their inhabitants. This study identifies contextual, psychological, and social factors which influence people’s subjective evaluation of urban green infrastructure (UGI), density, and heat stress.

Neues Forschungsprojekt: “Hitzeservice statt Hitzestress – was brauchen Kommunen?” (HitzeService)

Das Verbundprojekt “Hitzeservice statt Hitzestress – was brauchen Kommunen?” soll unterschiedliche Kommunen aus ganz Deutschland zu Maßnahmen des Gesundheitsschutzes bei Hitze informieren, die Entwicklung und Umsetzung eigener Maßnahmen anregen und zur Organisation des Prozesses befähigen. Zielgruppe sind dabei Städte und Gemeinden unterschiedlicher Größe bundesweit.