PEQBacker: Integrated District Planning - Enabler on the way to a Plus-Energy District

Development of guidelines for the implementation of Plus-Energy District coordination units based on research of success factors, exploration of mission elements of existing structures and consultation of a broad stakeholder group with the goal of increasing the transformation of existing and emerging neighbourhoods toward Plus-Energy Districts.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

In previous studies at national and international level, the issue of stakeholder integration has been identified as a success factor for neighbourhood projects. However, whether, how and by whom the topic of "Plus-Energy" is integrated into such processes or could be integrated, has not been directly examined in any study.

For Austria, there are no empirical values on success factors or structural requirements for planning processes for the future transformation of existing and emerging neighbourhoods into Plus-Energy Districts.

Contents and goals

Within the framework of this project, a guideline for the implementation of a coordination unit (with a focus on renovation) will be developed, which can be applied at the provincial level (with adaptations if necessary) and at the regional level.

This guideline is completed with appendices documenting the consultation process and the results of the research/surveys, as well as with a simple, generally valid scheme of transformation processes taking into account the topic of "Plus-Energy".


The project builds on experiences from successfully implemented (neighbourhood) projects and in the application of existing instruments and organisational structures.

Expected results

The result of the project is a basis for decision-making that shows whether a possible new coordination unit for Plus-Energy Districts should be established or whether an existing instrument or organisational structure should be adapted accordingly in order to increase the transformation of existing and emerging districts into Plus-Energy Districts in the future.

Project Partners

Project management

17&4 Organisationsberatung GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • eNu - Energie- und Umweltagentur des Landes NÖ
  • Ernst Rainer - Büro für resiliente Raum- und Stadtentwicklung
  • SIR - Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen
  • Energie Tirol

Contact Address

Dipl.Ing. Johannes Fechner
Mariahilfer Straße 89/22
A-1060 Wien
Tel.: + 43 (1) 581 13 27