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 WestermannAcademic coordinator of the project consortium
Karsten GrunewaldAcademic Project Manager
Christoph SchünemannAcademic Project Manager
Till FügenerResearch Assistant
Alfred Olfert Research Assistant
Tim Felix Kriesten Research Assistant

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

Logo ISP Erfurt


At the Institute of Urban Research, Planning and Communication (ISP), researchers 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 ecological, social, economic and cultural aspects in an intergenerational perspective. The research considers societal change and its effects on urban transformation, development and planning, focusing on issues such as climate change, globalization, demographic change, digitalization, social divide and segregation. More information about ISP is provided on https://isp.fh-erfurt.de/

Main tasks of the ISP within the research project HeatResilientCity

Within the joint research project, ISP plays a leading role with regard to governance innovations, sharing approaches within the housing industry as well as health-based approaches in neighbourhoods with high heat exposure. The main tasks of the ISP will therefore be the practice and implementation-oriented examination and scientific monitoring of the interdisciplinary collaboration of administrative actors, heat resilient sharing projects and the integration of the hitherto neglected interests of health actors into climate adaptation strategies to heat.

The tasks include:

  • qualitative and quantitative surveys in the municipalities of Dresden and Erfurt on the understanding of roles and responsibilities with regard to climate adaptation, obstacles to the implementation of heat adaptation measures as well as the progress of the measures and recommendations formulated during the predecessor project HRC I;
  • the development of needs-based, innovative, communally used and socially just heat resilient measures provided by housing companies;
  • identifying potentials to successfully integrate health-related concerns into climate adaptation by scientifically monitoring the formation of a preventive health network
  • professional and scientific support in compiling an application-oriented manual for health actors and early intervention in the event of extreme heat.


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




Heidi Sinning

Academic project manager
Head of project package 3.1 – roles, responsibilities and perspectives of actors in the continuation and implementation of recommendations for
establishing heat resilience

Renate Hermann

Research Assistant

Victoria FischerResearch Assistant

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

Academic Project Manager

Valeri Goldberg

Academic Project Manager
Uta ModerowResearch Assistant

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

Academic Project Manager

Thomas Naumann

Academic Project Manager

Stefanie Kunze

Research Assistant

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