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

In previous studies at national and international level, stakeholder integration was identified as a success factor for neighbourhood projects. Whether, how and by whom the goal of "Plus-Energy" is or could be integrated into project developments has not been directly examined in any study. There are therefore no empirical values for success factors or structural requirements for planning processes for the future transformation of existing and newly created settlements and districts into plus-energy districts for Austria.

The aim of the PEQ-Backer project was therefore to develop a guideline for the implementation of a coordination that anchors the topic of "Plus-Energy" as a standard in the planning of new settlements. In this context existing buildings can be combined into quarters to come as close as possible to the goal of "Plus-Energy".

The project team has analysed (district-) projects that have already been implemented and identified ten success factors. Existing support structures that already have offers for sustainable building were examined to determine what contributions they already make or could make to integrative neighbourhood planning. Instruments for the planning and evaluation of settlements and quarters were also included in the consideration. With these findings, questions were developed and a stakeholders consultation process was started. The results of the research and the surveys are documented in detail in three separate reports, a summary can be found in this final report.

The result is a basis for decision-making. To achieve the energy goals, integrative district planning should be promoted overall. The transformation of existing and newly created housing estates and quarters aiming plus energy can best succeed if existing support structures are activated and coordinated. The differences in requirements in urban and rural areas must be taken into account, as well as the differences between new construction and the transformation of existing districts (refurbishment).

Five recommendations provide an outlook for the short-term and most important coordination tasks:

  • Clarify terminology and make information available
  • Offer information and educational events on the topic
  • Improve framework conditions for larger construction projects (funding, law)
  • Activate and further develop existing support structures
  • Develop verification and quality assurance tools

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