21CD twenty-first century development

ecoQuartier

Pfaffenhofen, Bavaria, Germany

ecoQuartier is a planned residential community with a separate commercial district. The walkable development utilizes energy efficient construction and storm water management wetlands.

Size:

21.5 acres

Dates:

2010-2050 ongoing development

Project Team:

Ministry VROM

Intent:

100% renewable energy, carbon neutrality, walkable community with a schools, stores, and other services

Performance levels achieved:

  • Standard

  • Good

  • Better

  • Living

  • Regenerative

Place
Limits to Growth
Food
Habitat
Transportation
Water
Energy
Health + Happiness
Civilized Environment
Neighborhood Design
Biophilia
Resilient Connections
Materials
Material Plan
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Waste
Equity
Neighborhood & Access
Access to Nature
Access to Community Services
Investment
Beauty
Inspiration

Goals & Strategies:

Place

Food

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Ecoquartier is located in an agrarian area with access to local produce and gardening.

Habitat

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Open space design for landscaping, tree planting, constructed wetlands, retention basins for flood prevention. Gardening is allowed.

Transportation

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Car sharing, public transportation access, electric vehicles, bicycles, limited parking spaces. Train station within 0.5 miles, limited vehicle access.

Water

Water

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Two water circuits for potable and hot water. Greywater filtered through constructed wetlands.

Energy

Energy

Goals: Carbon neutral by 2050. 100% renewable energy.

Strategies: Solar PV on rooftops required to maximize roof utilization. PV in field to cover demand. District solar thermal heating. Energy efficiency.

Health + Happiness

Materials

Embodied Energy & Carbon

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Cradle-to-cradle philosophy for material selection. Carbon footprint calculations and LCAs conducted on material selection. Non-toxic materials.

Waste

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Recycling infrastructure and education on recycling. Material selection that reduces CO2.

Equity

Neighborhood & Access

Goals: Not reported.

Strategies: Different architecture styles. Plots can be purchased within the village for a new house to be built within the requirements. Walking paths, community buildings and services, biophilic design and landscaping, community services and schools within a 2-mile radius of the community.

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