Project partners from Germany

More information about the German INTENSE partners

BEF Germany

Baltic Environmental Forum Deutschland e. V. was founded in 2003 as an incorporated non-profit association in Hamburg and is formally an organisational member of the CO. Currently BEF Germany has two full-time employees which are both committed to the here applied project. Within the projects carried out by BEF Group it is the role of BEF Germany to establish contacts to key experts in Germany in order to transfer their knowledge to the Baltic States and to take over co-ordination and project management functions. The fields of expertise at BEF Germany are energy and transportation issues. Methodologically, BEF Germany has been in charge of designing and co-ordinating various surveys. Consequently, the orginsation will take over the lead for WP6 on public communication and awareness raising and will perform the assessment of training needs within the work package on capacity building. Beyond that, BEF Germany will be the country co-ordinator for the German partners of this consortium.

EUZ, Germany

The Energie und Umweltzentrum am Deister e. V. (e.u.[z.]) is one of the leading organisations in Germany dealing with the issues of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for and in buildings. It was founded in 1981 and since then has been expanding continuously. The main activities are training of craftsmen, civil servants, real estate owners and school education on various topics connected with energy efficiency, among which are: air tightness, blower door measurements, key specifics for building low energy and passive houses, ventilation. The e.u.[z.] also offers trainings, seminars, and workshops on retrofitting and construction physics, and courses for facility managers and janitors of residential apartment buildings and public buildings.

There is a training and exhibition centre on the grounds of the organization, near Hannover where different construction methods can be demonstrated and practical exercises can be performed by the participants of trainings. Both the main building and a guest house of the organization have also been retrofitted for demonstration purposes. For more than 15 years, the e.u.[z.] has been carrying out the annual “BlowerDoorSymposium” and 2006 was the year when the event took place on the European scale. The organisation has also performed quality assurance for all passive houses built in the district of Kronsberg for Expo 2000 in Hanover.




Auraplan, Germany

Independent architects’ office “Auraplan” was established in Hamburg in 2004 by three colleagues, who are focussing their work on energy efficient modernisation and retrofitting of existing building stock and construction of passive houses.  Another field of activity concerns the issues of energy sound planning of real estate and residential areas, particularly aiming to establish such areas with car-free zones. The staff at “Auraplan” acts in cooperation with other colleagues in Germany, are well-experienced in organising various public events in the frame of planning residential areas and have expertise in passing on knowledge in seminars and workshops.


Münster, Germany

The City of Münster, located in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, is represented here by staff from its Department for Green Spaces and Environmental Protection (Amt für Grünflächen und Umweltschutz). Throughout the last years Münster has been the most outstanding example in Germany of putting measures for energy efficiency into practice. The department with its over 200 employees is in charge of preservation and care of green spaces in the city and all activities launched by it. The city has long-years experience in energy efficiency raising as fighting climate change is a priority issue in the city. In the past decade Münster has been awarded many times. In 2006 the city was declared the Federal German capital of climate protection (received earlier in 1997). Other awards were the Climate Star of the Climate Alliance (Klimabündnis e. V.) in 2004, European Energy Award Gold (2005) etc. Münster’s experience stretches from having a legal framework regulating construction on its territory towards energy saving to experience in organizing public information campaigns. It has a profound experience in energy sound urban planning and has implemented many measures which can be demonstrated and thus may provide many best and good practice examples. The department in charge also maintains a large network of contacts of different target groups addressed in the proposed project, which may be very valuable during the project course.


Frankfurt, Germany

The city of Frankfurt with its over 650,000 inhabitants is one of the front runners in energy efficiency in Germany. In 2005 it was awarded with the Climate Star of the Climate Alliance, especially for the promotion of CHP and in 2006 it was ranked as the 6th Federal German capital of climate protection.


Frankfurt is well integrated into the European-wide network of Energie cités and is a part of the network of cities of the Climate Alliance. It maintains a wide range of contacts among local, regional and national authorities and has many contacts with architects and craftsmen. City municipality is experienced in organization of different campaigns and activities on reduction of CO2 emission of its building stock by 25 per cent on the basis of 1990. Frankfurt has been active in developing its concepts for intelligent energy supplies and energy sound urban planning and has experience in large-scale projects also in European scale. Furthermore, the office is well experienced in carrying out information campaigns for citizens. 


In consequence Frankfurt municipality has experience throughout the whole set of actions from legal issues, showing best-practice examples, sharing valuable know-how in urban planning, as well as giving input to the public awareness-raising strategies.