“Research databank on non-residential buildings” - online conference closes important knowledge gaps

For the first time, researchers from various institutions, including the IOER, have systematically examined the stock of non-residential buildings in Germany. The result is the "Research databank on non-residential buildings". It will be the focus of the final project conference on April 28 and 29. The conference will be held in digital form. Interested parties from politics, administration, business and science are invited to discuss the results with the project team. The deadline for registration is 18 April.


View from above building

Non-residential buildings - this sector had not been systematically researched so far. (Photo: St. Schwarz/IOER-Media)

While the stock of residential buildings in Germany is already well researched and a lot of data is available, there are large gaps in knowledge about non-residential buildings. Office building or multi-storey car park, school or hotel, warehouse or industrial plant - how many non-residential buildings are there in Germany? What are they like? How much area do they cover and what is the status of their modernization and energy-related refurbishment? Answers to these and other questions about the non-residential building stock in Germany will be provided in the future by a database. The project partners, the Institut Wohnen und Umwelt (IWU), the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the University of Wuppertal (BUW) developed it together.

At the final conference of the research project "Research databank on non-residential buildings (EnOB:dataNWG)" on April 28 and 29, the project partners will present the research databank for the first time. Interested parties from science, politics, administration and industry are cordially invited to the event - in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

The "Research databank on non-residential buildings" makes the results of a Germany-wide representative survey accessible. The data allow reliable conclusions to be drawn about the totality of all non-residential buildings in Germany. The first day of the event will focus on these new data and facts about the German non-residential building stock, as well as on the relevance of the results for building research and practice. A panel discussion on the future of non-residential buildings in Germany will conclude the day.

The second day will be devoted to in-depth discussions of selected aspects. For this purpose, three sessions on the project components are planned. Session 1 will focus on the geodata used and their analysis. In addition, the project team will provide an outlook on the development of a monitoring system for the building stock throughout Germany. Session 2 will take a closer look at the screening of non-residential buildings carried out in the project and will highlight the potential that the collected data holds for the real estate industry. Session 3 will focus on the breadth and depth of the data collected in the project. The conclusions that can be drawn from the project for future surveys of the building stock will also be discussed.

Participation in the event is free of charge, registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on virtual access a few days before the event begins.

Further information and registration until 18 April


Background

The project "Research databank on non-residential buildings. Representative primary data collection for statistically valid recording and evaluation of the structure and energy quality of the non-residential building stock in Germany (EnOB:dataNWG)" is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in the funding initiative Energy-optimised building (EnOB). In addition to the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER - responsible for geodata analysis), the following partners are involved in the project: Institut Wohnen und Umwelt (IWU - responsible for project management, sampling concept and in-depth survey) and Department of Economics of Planning and Building of the University of Wuppertal (BUW-ÖPB - responsible for screening). Further subcontractors support the project team, including the German Energy Agency GmbH (Deutsche Energie-Agentur dena) and the Institute for Market and Social Research (IFAK).