Climate-conscious revitalization of an ensemble of protected buildings – intercultural encounter centre Bodhicharya, Friedrichshain, Berlin

Background and Goals

The focus of the pilot project is the climate-conscious refurbishment, modernization and conversion of an ensemble of protected buildings in an urban environment into a social and cultural centre. Bodhicharya is a Buddhist centre for meditation and dialogue in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The project includes measures with positive effects on the microclimate, such as the proposed green roof of the temple, the digging up and planting of the courtyards, a "garden for the senses", and the relocation of a population of an endangered hairy bee species. It also includes building technology measures, such as the use of modern perlite-insulated bricks, building material recycling, modern glued laminated timber ceilings from renewable sources, and a heat recovery and solar system for heating the temple.

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Research area/region

  • Germany
Region of implementation (all German federal states)
  • Berlin
Natural spatial classification
  • North-East German lowland

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 1: Understand and describe climate change

Approach and results 

Recent regional climate projections, scenarios, and information are provided by the DWD (German Meteorological Service). Basic information provided by the DWD office on the Berlin urban climate is also used. Changes in annual average values are normally not critical factors with regard to climate change adaptation in the real estate and housing industry. Far greater significance must be attached to the increase in extreme weather events.

Parameter (climate signals)
  • Heat waves
  • Flash floods
  • Extreme precipitation (incl. hail, snow)
  • Storm

Step 2a: Identify and assess risks - climate effects and impact

Approach and results 

Urban climate effects such as overheating in summer and heat stress will be considered.

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

Proposed structural measures for climate protection and adaptation rely on the active involvement and support of users. Among other things, these include:

  •  improving the microclimate through creating green roofs, digging up and planting former garage yards;
  •  resource-saving construction methods relying on recycled materials and extensive use of natural materials;
  •  use of renewable energies (solar energy and heat recovery);
  •  optimizing the insulating shell of existing buildings;
  • Creating and preserving wildlife sanctuaries (birds and insects), to support biodiversity
Time horizon
  • 2071–2100 (far future)


Funding / Financing 

Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR): KlimaExWoSt - ImmoKlima

Project management 

Club Bodhicharya Germany e.V


Promoter: archid project development architecture, construction management;
Project researchers: R & B Research and Consulting


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D-10247 Berlin

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