Identify and assess the climate policy levers that would result from a possible socialization of a substantial portion of Berlin's building stock.

This pilot study aims to evaluate the potential for housing socialization to foster socioecological change. The focus is on evaluating the existence of climate policy levers based on housing socialization in the three areas of increasing the rate and depth of renovation, optimizing the use of the existing building stock through housing sufficiency measures, and resolving the social conflict between the provision of affordable housing and climate protection. The results of the pilot study will be provided to the expert commission appointed by the Berlin Senate to examine the feasibility, methods, and conditions of the referendum's implementation. Beyond the specific case of Berlin, we anticipate that our findings will make a substantial contribution to the national political and societal debate on the mechanisms that can be employed to advance socio-ecological change.


Dec 31, 2022 until Sep 30, 2023

Funding Agency

European Climate Foundation


Peter Paul Pichler