A house that produces energy
The Efficiency House Plus, which produces more energy than it consumes, has been in the centre of Berlin since December 2011. A family of four is living there for 15 months. Sensors on the walls, windows, equipment and appliances follow energy flows and measure the temperature and air currents.
Depending on use, intelligent building and technology concepts can give different results in practice to those calculated on the basis of theory. Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) are taking measurements to find out what causes this discrepancy and helping to further develop energy-optimised building concepts.
This project Efficiency House Plus is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
The value of nature
Green spaces are an important part of any city, providing tranquil settings for walks, leisure and relaxation, as well as a home for plants and animals. Theatres, schools, houses and roads have a definite value, but we often only realise the value of nature once it is gone. Researchers want to determine the values of nature so that theyit can be better taken into account in public and private sector decision-making.
Bernd Hansjürgens’ environmental research team at UFZ is working with scientists and practitioners all over Germany to value nature’s services. Their goal: The value of nature must be better integrated into public and private sector decision-making to promote a more sustainable use of natural resources.
»Naturale Capital Germany – TEEB DE« is coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and is funded by Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
An Interview with Bernd Hansjürgens (in German): “Economy is the science of lacking. This is also an issue in ecology.” (© Audio: UFZ)
“I substitute a car”
Deliveries that are too large or heavy for bike couriers can still reach their destination quickly, with minimal environmental impact – that’s the idea behind “I substitute a car”. Forty electric cargo bikes are on the road in eight German cities with the aim of replacing conventional vehicles. How are they integrated into logistics? Do we need to make changes to existing infrastructure? Will people accept the cargo bike?
“I substitute a car” in the streets of Bremen (in German). Video
Also in Berlin – Highspeed during rush hour (in German). Video
A project by the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin in collaboration with Urban-e and funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
Solving global challenges
The High-Tech Strategy for Germany
The High-Tech Strategy is intended to help Germany assume a leading role in the solution of global challenges andto give convincing answers to the important questions of the 21th century. In this way, we are not only contributing to improving the lives of many people. A broad base in science and research and the development of quality technology are also helping us secure prosperity and qualified jobs in Germany. The Federal Government has therefore defined ten forward-looking projects, relying on the advice of the Industry-Science Research Alliance.