Integrated energy, modernization and user concepts in the Marienhöhe quarter in Tempelhof, Berlin

Background and Goals

The pilot project on the Marienhöhe in Berlin is a complex scheme for refurbishing 304 apartments to the latest energy efficiency levels, and has a strategic significance for the entire residential area, comprising around 1,300 apartments.

As the owner of the apartments, the "Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG" pursues the following key objectives with its project, entitled "integrated energy, modernization and user concepts":

– To ensure the long-term rental potential of the apartments through an energy-efficient refurbishment adjusted to the needs of all age groups, in compliance with energy performance standards for new buildings (specifically, in accordance with the German EnEV energy saving regulations);

– To create a local cooperative venture for supplying heat and electricity;

– To ensure the refurbishment works out as cost-neutral with respect to the heating charges per rental unit, in keeping with the ideals of the housing cooperative;

– To develop a lighthouse project;

– To put all night current storage heaters out of service;

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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
  • Extreme precipitation (incl. hail, snow)
  • Storm
Further Parameters 

extreme weather events

Time horizon
  • short term = next year’s / decades

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

Approach and results 

risks for real estate and housing industry

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

Measures of the Integrated energy, modernization and user concept project are:

– Energy efficiency renovation of residential buildings;

– Construction of a photovoltaic façade and solar power filling station,

– Additional combined heat and power plant (CHP) for local energy requirements;

– Involvement of multiple stakeholders;

– External presentation to enhance the company image;

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 

Projektträger: Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG;

Projektforscher: empirica GmbH


Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung;

Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz;

Investitionsbank Berlin; Verband Berlin-Brandenburgischer Wohnungsunternehmen e.V. (BBU);

Baugenossenschaft Fluwog-Nordmark eG in Hamburg;

Ecoplan GmbH Planungsbüro und Beratende Ingenieure;

Blockheizkraftwerks- Träger- und Betreibergesellschaft mbH Berlin (BTB);

Siedlungsverein ZUSAMMEN e.V.;

Concierge Tempelhof


Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG
Knobelsdorffstr. 96
D-14050 Berlin

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Fields of action:
 buildings  spatial planning, urban and settlement development