HeatResilientCity

Heat resilient development of cities and urban districts - knowledge generation with a focus on local residents and implementation in Dresden and Erfurt

Challenges

How does it feel to live with hot outside temperatures in a strongly compacted residential quarter? In such neighborhoods, heat stress is a serious issue for residents, as summer heat waves can significantly reduce people's well - being and performance both indoors and outdoors, leading to serious health problems.

It is considered certain that the summer heat stress in Central Europe will increase due to progressive climate change. However, the exact impact of this on people outdoors and in buildings and how effectively adaptation measures can mitigate the adverse effects are only beginning to be understood.

How can the quality of life be improved with reasonable effort despite summer heat? What role do the building structure and the materials used play? How much energy will be needed in the future - for heating in winter and cooling in summer? What real effect can one expect from façade greening, open watercourses and green areas? These questions are the focus of the project. The involvement of the residents is of central importance here . In addition, the project aims to fill the term "ecosystem service" with concrete content with regard to the heat balance of urban districts.

Aims

HeatResilientCity develops and implements innovative, socially just and user accepted adaptation measures to reduce the summer heat load of people in buildings and open spaces. The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research network analyses the existing conflicts of objectives, increases the acceptance of climate adaptation measures, reduces implementation barriers and thus makes a contribution to sustainable urban development.

Example quarters in Dresden and Erfurt serve as real - life laboratories. Here the project team asks for the opinion of the residents. Together with the scientific partners, actors from the building industry and urban development form a creative and innovative environment. The two municipalities coordinate the inner - city networking, organize and coordinate the work in the real - life laboratories and support the development and implementation of adaptation measures through the participation of their specialist authorities and through their prestige with the citizens as non - commercial administrators of the general public.