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Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, opened the award ceremony.
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EnEff.Gebäude.2050 ideas competition
12.12.2017

Professor Klaus Töpfer, the former German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Chairman of the German Federal Government's Ethics Commission for a Secure Energy Supply, emphasised in his speech the importance of sustainably designed cities and maintaining the building stock.
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Professor Hans-Martin Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and chair of the jury for Category 2 of the ideas competition with the winners.
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Ten outstanding concepts awarded

On 6 December 2017, ten outstanding and innovative concepts were awarded prize money totalling 280,000 euros at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin. The respective juries awarded five winners in both the “Concepts for Future-oriented Buildings and Districts” category and in the “Ideas for an International Energy Competition” category in the ideas competition held by the EnEff.Gebäude.2050 funding initiative.

Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, opened the award ceremony. Klaus Töpfer, the former German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Chairman of the German Federal Government's Ethics Commission for a Secure Energy Supply, emphasised in his speech the importance of sustainably designed cities and maintaining the building stock.

Diverse solutions for a climate-neutral building sector

The competition was looking for innovative concepts that would demonstrate ways in which almost climate-neutral buildings and districts can also be realised on a broad scale. The five winning projects impressively demonstrate how climate neutrality can be largely achieved with technologies and innovative business models already available today. The award-winning concepts for an international energy competition show how and where so-called “living labs” can showcase ideas for future buildings and urban districts that engage people on a broad scale within the format of an international energy competition.

The ideas submitted in both competition categories clearly demonstrate that there is no catch-all solution for the energy transition in the building sector but an exciting variety of solutions. This is not surprising given the heterogeneous nature of the building stock in Germany. And precisely this provides an architectural asset that needs to be preserved.

Concepts for future-oriented buildings and districts

This competition category sought ideas for future-oriented, energy-efficient new-build schemes, transformation and modernisation projects for existing building stock, district concepts for living and working as well as new energy-plus concepts for multi-storey buildings. “The range of submitted concepts is very impressive,” said Barbara Ettinger-Brinckmann, President of the Federal Chamber of Architects and chair of the jury for Competition Category 1: “Concepts for Future-oriented Buildings and Districts”. The winning concepts reflected the whole spectrum of construction tasks, ranging from new-build and renovation schemes to individual residential and non-residential buildings, to entire districts. In addition, they all acted as special role models.

The following projects each won 30,000 euros in prize money:

  • The planning for the Energy and Technology Park in Trier
  • The Newton project in Berlin-Adlershof
  • The “Forward District” in Schwerin
  • The “Active Town House Building Stock” project in Frankfurt am Main
  • The new-build scheme for the Stadtwerke Neustadt municipal utility company in Holstein

Concepts for an international energy competition

The second category of the EnEff.Building.2050 ideas competition sought “concepts for an international energy competition” for buildings and districts. These should present an interesting competition venue and sustainably integrate the various competition sites as “living labs” within the urban realm. Each respective concept should also outline an innovative competition format and engage local universities, public authorities, real estate owners, businesses and users.

The winning concepts provide an important preparatory stepping stone for organising a possible international energy competition. With this initiative, Germany is hoping to gain an international patron for such a competition, such as the International Energy Agency (IEA). “The submitted proposals enable us to come a great deal closer to the goal of developing a concept for an international energy competition,” said Professor Hans-Martin Henning, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and chair of the jury for Category 2 of the ideas competition. In a consolidation phase, the two first-placed concepts shall now be worked up in more detail and contacts forged with international bodies.

Joint first place and 40,000 euros in prize money were awarded to the:

  • “Solar Decathlon Goes Urban” concept from the University of Wuppertal in conjunction with the city of Wuppertal
  • “Energy Endeavour Competition Cottbus” concept from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg in conjunction with the city of Cottbus

Joint second place and 20,000 euros in prize money were awarded to the:

  • “Energy Lab Berlin” concept from Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin in conjunction with the city of Berlin
  • “TRUE LAB” concept from Technische Universität Darmstadt in conjunction with the city of Frankfurt am Main
    A special award and prize money of 10,000 euros were awarded to the:
  • “Competition Future Germany” concept from Technische Universität Braunschweig in conjunction with the City of Braunschweig

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