Research Area:
Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development


Elevated housing in areas prone to flooding using the Elbe village of Brockwitz as an example

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Minister for the Interior Thomas de Maizière learns about the project’s objectives, 28.04.2017. (Photo: M. Neubert, IOER)
People are standing around a table, looking at the documents

The two-year research project "Elevated housing in areas prone to flooding using the example of the Elbe village Brockwitz (HUeBro)" was launched in May 2017. The project partners are investigating whether the raising of residential buildings in flood areas above the expected water level can be an alternative to traditional flood prevention measures (dikes, etc.).

The centre of Brockwitz, a district of the city of Coswig in Saxony, has its roots in the 11th century. It contains listed buildings and thus a correspondingly high conservation value. The buildings on the Niederseite towards the Elbe River were severely affected by the floods of 2002 and 2013 (water levels of up to 2.50 m on the ground floor).

The aim of the project is to investigate the feasibility, sustainability and impact of such structural elevations in Brockwitz and to draw up guidelines as a model for similar projects. The interdisciplinary studies are intended to cover all aspects of environmental, nature and monument protection, building construction and technology, site and open space planning, hydrology, hydraulics, hydraulic engineering, geotechnics and, not least, social sustainability.

Partizipativer Workshop mit Bewohnern der Brockwitzer Niederseite. Darstellung der Betroffenheit an einem großformatigen Model. (Foto: S. Golz, IÖR)
Model of the city

The IOER is responsible for Work Package 4 (nature and environment) and 6 (building analysis). It is also significantly involved in assessing the potential repercussion of the project (WP 9).

Video "Elevated housing in Brockwitz - A chance for a village in Saxony"

Video about the project with quotes of the partners involved
Production: Coswiger Infokanal K3 (




Dr. Marco Neubert
Phone +49 351 4679 274


  • Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (Leadpartner)
  • Institut für Hydrologie und Meteorologie, TU Dresden
  • Institut für Baugeschichte, Architekturtheorie und Denkmalpflege, TU Dresden
  • Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur, Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  • Stadt Coswig
  • Sächsische Landesstiftung für Natur und Umwelt
  • Regionaler Planungsverband Oberes Elbtal / Osterzgebirge
  • Landratsamt Meißen
  • Bürgerinitiative Brockwitz-Niederseite


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