HeatResilientCity II

Heat adaptation of urban building and settlement structures - Actor-oriented implementation support for increasing climate resilience and health care

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden (IOER)


The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is a non-university research centre and a member of the Leibniz Association. We contribute to a spatial development that enables humanity to thrive within ecological boundaries while ensuring planetary justice. Given the severity of the present global social-ecological crisis, our research aims to accelerate and achieve deep and encompassing transformations that shape sustainable and resilient regions, cities and neighbourhoods.

As a leading centre for advanced spatial sustainability science we develop cross-scale spatial information, analysis tools and knowledge, as well as policy- and planning instruments that enhance adaptive and transformative capacities in territories and places. To that effect we strive to elucidate the internal and external sustainability orientations of individuals, organisations and society, as well as their embeddedness in socio-ecological-technological spatial configurations. Our research and transfer activities draw on integrated mono-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, and are reflexive of our role as scientists in spatial development.

Main tasks of the IOER in the HeatResilientCity project:

The research areas "Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity" and "Built Environment" are involved in the project HeatResilientCity II. In the research area "Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity", a tool for planning and implementing heat adaptation measures at neighbourhood level is being developed based on the findings from the first funding phase. The tool is a planning aid that can be used, for example, to visualise and evaluate the potential effects of adaptation measures in open spaces.

In the research area "Built Environment", the transferability of analyses of heat stress in buildings to other regions and building types is being examined. The interactions of adaptation measures in the open space on overheating in the interior of buildings and of adaptation measures on the building on temperatures in the open space are being investigated. The research results will be prepared in a user-friendly way for municipalities and actors from planning and construction.

In an analysis of actor roles in the municipal administration, roles and responsibilities are prepared in the form of a systematisation of typical tasks for heat prevention. The main objective is to develop coordinated decision-making paths between the different administrative units in order to reduce implementation and communication barriers for the realisation of adaptation measures. In an online survey of administrative offices, perspectives of employees on implementation and communication barriers are depicted and needs for specific qualification offers are identified.

The coordination of the research association will support the transfer of knowledge through suitable communication and cooperation formats in order to link the priorities of research and society and to contribute to the reduction of implementation barriers.


Leibniz-Instituts für ökologische Raumentwicklung e. V. (IÖR)
Weberplatz 1 | 01217 Dresden | Germany


+49 351 4679 215






Regine OrtleppLead of the project consortium
Janneke WestermannScientific coordinator of the project consortium
Karsten GrunewaldScientific project manager
Christoph SchünemannScientific project manager
Patrycia BrzoskaScientific staff
Alfred Olfert Scientific staff
David SchielaScientific staff

Institute of Urban Research, Planning and Communication of the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt (ISP)



At the Institute of Urban Research, Planning and Communication (ISP), scientists from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are collaborating to investigate urban transformative processes. ISP’s main research fields range from housing and urban development, sustainable city and settlement planning, climate mitigation and adaptation to communicative participatory planning and governance.

Research at ISP is based on the concept of sustainability and integrates economical, ecological, social and cultural aspects in an intergenerational perspective. The research considers societal change and its effects on urban transformation, development and planning. Issues such as globalization, demographic change, information society, new forms of management (Good Governance) as well as administrative modernizations (New Public Management) are part of scientific investigations. More information is provided here.

Main tasks of the ISP within the research project HeatResilientCity

Within the joint research project, ISP plays a leading role with regard to governance structures, stakeholder perspectives and strategies for districts affected by heat. Perspectives of various actors on urban climate adaptation are investigated and analyzed. Besides participants from administrative, economic and civil sectors, also local residents are actively included in a transdisciplinary approach. In two example quarters in the state capitals Dresden and Erfurt, views of locals are collected, participatory events and activities are implemented and scientifically evaluated.

Tasks comprise inter alia:

  • inquiry of subjective heat stress, behavioral patterns and needs of local residents in both example districts 'Erfurt-Oststadt' and 'Dresden-Gorbitz' by surveys and mental maps;
  • stakeholder and network analysis to identify the perspectives of key actors on local climate adaptation processes, their capacity to take action as well as communication and implementation barriers. By comparing those results with the perspectives of local residents, interfaces can be identified;
  • planning, organization and implementation of events, activities enhancing knowledge transfer and public relations within the example quarters 'Erfurt-Oststadt' and 'Dresden-Gorbitz';
  • analysis of national and international good practices regarding citizen-oriented climate adaptation measures. Based on this analysis, success factors as well as barriers to feasibility, efficiency and acceptance of strategies can be identified and transferable experiences gained;
  • organization of experts' workshops and a concluding supra-regional conference, as well as evaluation and critical reflection of measures within the test districts;
  • documentation of climate adaptation approaches and their prioritization based on the residents' perspective, compilation of discrepancies and consensus between users, planners and experts.

The results will be presented in form of recommendations for municipal action as well as aggregated maps of both test districts, which integrate the different research approaches.


Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication (ISP) of the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt (FHE)
Altonaer Str. 25 | 99085 Erfurt | Germany




Heidi Sinning
E-Mail: sinningioer@fh-erfurt.de
Phone +49 361 6700 375

Scientific project manager

Renate Hermann
E-Mail: renate.hermann@fh-erfurt.de
Phone: +49 361 6700-3401

Scientific staff

Technical University Dresden, Department of Meteorology (TUD)



The climate system with its manifold interactions and feedbacks does not easily support single process oriented approaches. However, process understanding remains the key to understand nature through analysis and model building. The common research mission at the Department of Meteorology is the "Surface- Atmosphere-Interaction" with the necessary, i.e. microscale to mesoscale resolution.

Both long-term observations and intensive measurement campaigns are realized in order to collect a multitude of three-dimensional atmospheric data sets. Modeling and model simulations of the atmosphere, including interactions with the land surface (e.g., vegetation), are used within research projects. The topics of the HRC project are integrated in the research focus of bioclimate and urban climate, generating synergies with other collaborative projects (3DO, Life Local Adapt, Urban Forests). In the last ten years, the scope of the Department of Meteorology at the TU Dresden was considerably enlarged. Nevertheless, research and teaching remain equally important tasks of all approx. 30 members of the Department. Thus, current research results are used for lectures and traineeships in the study programs at the TU Dresden (including hydro sciences, forest sciences, geography, spatial development and natural resource management).

Main tasks of the TUD in the HeatResilientCity project

The aim of this sub-project “Method development for the quantitative evaluation of heat adaptation measures in cities” is to provide a method for an indepth assessment of the effectiveness of adaptation measures as well as to provide user orientated indicator sets of different complexity for different stakeholders (municipalities, housing companies, experts etc.) including an user’s guide. The sub-project HRC II-TUD aims at developing quantifiable, climate robust indicators for the evaluation of the effectiveness of adaptation measures to heat in cities. Measures, which have already been implemented or could potentially be implemented, form the basis. The indicators will be derived including classifiable values ranges for different levels (buildings, urban open spaces) and spatial scales of settlement structures (tree to urban quarter). Transferability of project results to other regions and communities is ensured by using data and information, which are typically available for these users. As a main result of HRC II-TUD, developed indicators are supplied to the other partners within HRC II. A measurement- and model-based data set of urban climate and heat stress is the essential basis for deriving the indicator sets. In addition, this data forms the basis of a model chain to analyze the impact of urban district design on the heat resilience in open spaces and buildings and provides the necessary background information for adaptation and precautionary communication for users of climate information at the same time


TU Dresden | Faculty of Environmental Sciences  | Institute for Hydrology and Meteorology
Chair of Meteorology
Pienner Str. 23 | 01737 Tharandt | Germany




Astrid Ziemann

Scientific project manager

Valeri Goldberg

Scientific project manager
Uta ModerowScientific staff

University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTW)



University of Applied Sciences Dresden is the second-largest university in the capital of the state of Saxony with more than 5000 students and was founded in 1992. Engineering, economics, design, and 'green' disciplines constitute the four pillars that the 36 forward-looking diploma, bachelor and master degree programs in civil engineering/architecture, electrical engineering, informatics, product design, machine engineering and business administration are based on.

University of Applied Sciences Dresden is actively engaged in research and development, especially in its four profile lines Mobil systems and mechatronics, Sustainable livelihoods, Information systems, Business management and entrepreneurship. The research profile is application-oriented and interdisciplinary, corresponds with our core competence, and is being constantly refined. The university is part of a network of companies, research and educational institutions, associations, and lobbyists.

Main tasks in the research project HeatResilientCity

The research project HeatResilientCity II is handled jointly by the Chair "Building Physics / Building Climate and Air Conditioning" of the faculty "Mechanical Engineering" and the Chair "Building Construction " of the faculty "Civil Engineering" at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden. The team of researchers focuses on structural and technical adaptation measures of heat-sensitive buildings. The research methodology developed during the first funding period will be applied to a widespread stock of residential buildings in Germany. The knowledge gained on the vulnerability of buildings to summer heat is imparted in a series of advanced training course to stakeholders from housing cooperatives, property management companies, architects and civil engineers.


Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden
Friedrich-List-Platz 1 | 01069 Dresden


+49 351 462 2090






Jens Bolsius

Scientific project manager

Thomas Naumann

Scientific project manager

Stefanie Kunze

Scientific staff

Saxon state capital Dresden, Environmental Department (LHD)


The Environmental Department of the Saxon state capital Dresden (Germany) advises citizens and companies to secure and improve the natural livelihood in the city in the long term. This includes for example clean water, fresh air, nutrient-rich soils, healthy urban climate, diverse fauna and flora as well as the overall appearance of the landscape. Furthermore, the Environmental Department is responsible for the protection of citizens from harmful environmental effects as well as the maintenance of cultural landscapes and natural habitats.

Main tasks of the Environmental Department in the HeatResilientCity project:
The Environmental Department takes care of measuring air temperature and air humidity in the study area. This includes the evaluation of the collected data. Moreover, the project staff records and evaluates the ecosystem services in the project area. They support the public relations, the publication of project results as well as the resident surveys on site.

Furthermore, the project staff organizes and coordinates the work in the example quarter in Dresden-Gorbitz (Germany). In coordinating the networking within the city of Dresden, the Environmental Department supports the understanding of climate adaption with the aim to improve the implementation of climate adaption actions against summer heat.


Umweltamt Dresden
Grunaer Straße 2 | 01069 Dresden | Germany






Franzika Reinfried
E-Mail: FReinfriedioer@dresden.de
Phone +49 351 4889409

 Project manager

Saxon state capital Dresden, Health and Prevention (LHD-G)



Amt für Gesundheit und Prävention
Ostra-Allee 9 | 01067 Dresden | Germany




Dr. Paula Aleksandrowicz
E-Mail: paleksandrowiczioer@dresden.de
Tel.: 0351 4885353

 Project manager
Marit Gronwald       
E-Mail: mgronwaldioer@dresden.de
Tel.: 0351 4885335
Project staff

Thuringian state capital Erfurt, Department of Environmental and Nature Conservation (LHE)



The city administration of the state capital Erfurt is a committed partner in the BMBF research project HeatResilientCity II. In its sub-project "Strengthening heat prevention by establishing a broad knowledge base among decision-makers and implementers in administration, housing and construction", the Environment and Nature Conservation Department is helping to further breathe life into the heat action planning of the state capital, which began in June 2020.

This includes the establishment of a health network for heat prevention together with the Health Department of the state capital Erfurt as well as the support of the Department of Health and Prevention of the state capital Dresden in the preparation of a manual for quarter-related early intervention during heat events.

Furthermore, the city of Erfurt is leading work package 3.1, in which the partners are developing sharing facilities together with two housing cooperatives and their residents. In addition, the partners in this work package offer training for actors in the housing and construction sector as well as for administration and politics.

The administration networks the research association and supports the development and implementation of customised qualification offers in the municipal sector. In addition, it carries out the internal administrative and political qualifications independently with the professional support of the research association. In the context of the offers for the housing and construction sector, the municipality connects the associated partners THEGA, the Chamber of Engineers and the Chamber of Architects of Thuringia, which develop and implement customised qualification offers together with the HRC consortium.

In addition, the municipality supports the development and testing of indicators to improve the consideration of heat in planning and projects, as well as the development of a tool to evaluate adaptation measures in open spaces and buildings.

Finally, it provides the network with data and information and supports the partners in the context of surveys and observations of a case study as well as in the posting of building profiles on the geo-portal of the state capital Erfurt.es in the open spaces of Erfurt Oststadt. Finally, we provide relevant environmental data for the project.


Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, Umwelt- und Naturschutzamt
Stauffenbergallee 18 | 99085 Erfurt


+49 361 655-2609




Jörg Lummitsch
Phone +49 361 655-2601
E-Mail: umweltamtioer@erfurt.de
Head of the Department of Environmental and Nature Conservation
Sylvia Hoyer
E-Mail sylvia.hoyer@erfurt.de  
Phone +49 361 655-2320 
Project manager
Guido Spohr
Phone +49 361 655-2617
E-Mail: guido.spohrioer@erfurt.de oder sommerhitzeioer@erfurt.de
Project staff

Eisenbahner-Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Dresden eG

The EWG is the leading provider of housing in the western part of Dresden, and guarantees its cooperative members favorable rents, high customer proximity as well as quality and safety. As a forward-looking district developer and pioneering co-creator and innovator of living space, the EWG is achieving a perceptible living environment development in the western part of Dresden - thanks to its environmentally responsible, sustainable and future-oriented actions. The EWG responds to the challenges presented by demographic development and the urban housing market as a pioneer - by providing student accommodation, creating apartments geared to the need of senior citizens and the new construction of family apartments.

With nearly 9,000 apartments, the EWG is the major housing cooperative in the western part of Dresden. The apartments of the housing cooperative are located in the districts of Gorbitz, Löbtau, Cotta, Briesnitz, Naußlitz and Dölzschen.

Main tasks in the HeatResilientCity research project

The EWG Dresden is active in the Research Association as a practice partner from the housing sector. The two existing buildings selected, Leutewitzer Ring 21 and 25 in Dresden-Gorbitz, have been made available by the housing cooperative as objects of research

In addition, the EWG Dresden is actively involved in the project, including the following services:

  • providing digital building data
  • practical participation in the planning of specific heat reduction measures for buildings and in open spaces
  • implementation (on a pilot basis) of the options contained in the "Innovative building redevelopment/construction" work package
  • participation in the identification of suitable locations and periods for the survey in Dresden-Gorbitz
  • addressing views of the residents in the cooperative's media - information on planned studies and encouragement to take part in surveys and further actions
  • practicable realization of the planned concepts on a pilot basis in our own housing stock, in order to reduce the build-up of heat inside apartments during heat periods and improve the residential quality for tenants
  • support with the meteorological documentation and installation of data loggers to monitor the effectiveness of the adaptation measures.

The results of the research are intended to contribute to an enhanced housing quality of the cooperative’s members in the long-term.


Eisenbahner-Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Dresden eG
Kesselsdorfer Straße 161 | 01169 Dresden | Germany


+49 351 41 81 60






Antje NeelmeijerDirector
Steffen ZweinertTechnical Manager