Research for a sustainable Cambodia: the Build4People Project

The Build4People project aims to research and promote the use of sustainable buildings and sustainable urbanization in Phnom Penh. Therefore it focuses on people’s aspirations and their behaviour. The project is fully funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Project Objectives

Our project promotes sustainable buildings and sustainable urban development from a people-centred perspective. We aim at lowered greenhouse gas, pollutant emissions, a better indoor environment, an increase of urban green, a healthier urban climate. Read more.

Project Originality

The trans-disciplinary Build4People project connects scientific-conceptional and analytical aspects. The superior normative bracket is always the urban quality of life. We align people’s needs and aspirations with tools to benefit their living. Read more.

Project Relevance

Cambodia’s traditional architecture took climate conditions into account. Today dynamic economic growth affects the way buildings are built and operated which is not energy-efficient nor tropical climate adapted. Reasons enough for B4P. Read more.

Project Set-up

10 partners across continents join forces to implement 7 work packages: from Behaviour Change, Sustainable Buildings and Neighbourhoods, to Urban Green, Urban Climate to Sustainable Urban Transformation and Coordination. Read more.

Project Approach

The Build4People project considers sustainable, people-centred urban development as a crosscutting task. A genuinely people-centred planning system can neither be expected to “evolve by itself” nor is it feasible through legal regulations only. Our diverse team includes Cambodian and German partners which cooperate on a trans-disciplinary basis. Together they will develop innovative concepts aimed at urban sustainability that are based on scientific and regional expertise. The notion of urban quality of life links the different work packages. The research consortium will carry out field research together with the most renowned local universities. Based on these insights, context-specific interventions will be implemented together with a number of core actors such as the Phnom Penh City Hall and by means of a secondary education demonstration project (Green School). Locally established multipliers such as the European Chamber of Commerce or the Cambodia Architect & Decor fair will support the further dissemination of our approaches.

A strong partnership to deliver research results

Academic Quality
We gathered a team with a proven record of academic excellence, extensive regional expertise and solid project experience.

Transdisciplinary Approach
We draw from expertise and methods from Human Geography, Architecture, Urban Planning, Enviromental Psychology, Civil Engineering, Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and Climate Research.

Cross-border cooperation
German Universities and private sector actors collaborate with Cambodia partners from the academic arena, the municial setting and responsible ministrial offices.

Work Packages

Work Packages

The work package teams cooperate together, share their findings and develop joint deliverables. Tools and products systematically build upon each other. Learning curves and feedback loops are incorporated into the project design.

Latest News

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Invitation Build4People Project Launch & Conference

Any expert or interested person in the field of sustainable buildings / sustainable urban development is warmly invited to join our Build4People project launch & conference event at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh on 26 November 2019.

Build4People at Phnom Penh City Hall, November 2019

In preparation of the Build4People project launch and conference, scheduled for 26 November 2019, the coordinator Dr. Michael Waibel discussed the Build4people approach with Phnom Penh’s Vice-Governor his Excellency Nuon Pharat, his deputy Tema Vichekal, the General Secretary Vannak Seng, several department leaders and further staff on 04 November 2019.

Follow-up discussion with the deputy of his Excellency, the Vice-Governor, Tema Vichekal, the General Secretary Vannak Seng, the local Build4People coordinator Dr. Susanne Bodach and with Dr. Michael Waibel

Bi-lateral exchange in Stuttgart, October 2019

Project Manager Dr. Michael Waibel discussed the Build4People project with Dr. Stephan Anders, Director DGNB Certification of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) at DGNB’s head office in Stuttgart, Germany. DGNB is Europe biggest network for sustainable building.

Stephan is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Build4People project and will join the Build4People team during their trip to Phnom Penh end of November 2019.

Preparation meeting with CIUS, Phnom Penh, October 2019

Project Manager Dr. Michael Waibel discussed the Build4People project with Dr. Tep Makathy, Director of the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS), the CIUS staff members Declan O’Leary and Tola Mach and the local Build4People coordinator, Dr. Susanne Bodach, at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia on 16 October 2019.

The meeting mainly served to prepare for the Build4People project launch and starter event scheduled for 26 November 2019 at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.