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

Content and objectives

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.

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
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The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.