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

Stay up-to-date with our latest activities

Production of Build4People masks in times of the global corona pandemic

To demonstrate care about health issues in times of the global corona pandemic the Build4People project has commissioned the production of nose and mouth protection masks.

These masks will be distributed among the researchers and supporters of the Build4People project as well among relevant local stakeholders.

Of course, the incorporation of the Build4People logo on the fabric of the masks is also an effort of public relations.

The expenses for the production of the masks have not been taken from the regular Build4People budget but from the overhead budget.

Inception Meeting of UNEP-UNDP joint support for Cambodia in developing “NDC Roadmap for Buildings and Construction 2020-2050”

On 28 October 2020, an inception meeting organized by UNDP jointly with UNEP took place, which is the first of a series of activities to support Cambodia’s Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) in developing a national roadmap to achieve zero-emissions and resilient buildings and construction in Cambodia.

The overall objective of this initiative is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in outlining short term, medium term and long term actions and meaningful targets; and timelines to achieve low-carbon and resilient buildings and construction. This will feed into national or subnational strategies and policies to facilitate the implementation of concrete measures for the buildings and construction sector to achieve the targets set in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Cambodia.

Dr. Susanne Bodach, in her role as UNDP Consultant, prepared and participated in this meeting. Dr. Susanne Bodach is also acting as local project management support of the Build4People project.

In preparation of the research proposal of the upcoming Build4People RD-phase (envisaged from April 2021 till March 2025) UNEP has issued a Letter of Support to express its wish to cooperate with the Build4People project in terms of Cambodia’s national roadmap development and other related activities.

Khmer language edition of Build4People exhibition “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” published

We are proud to announce that the Khmer language edition of Build4People exhibition on “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” has been published online at flickr.

Past project experience has shown that by means of the use of Khmer language a much larger audience can be reached and be made aware of issues of sustainability. This is particularly the case among staff of lower urban administration levels and among wide parts of urban population not being experts in the field of sustainable construction and sustainable urban planning.

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This trans-disciplinary effort has been made possible through the main local project management partner of the Build4People project, the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS) led by Dr Tep Makathy.

The Build4People exhibition is considered as a cornerstone of the Build4People dissemination activities. All work packages have contributed to this under the curatorship of Work Package #3 “Sustainable Neighbourhoods” and the overall coordination of Hamburg University.

The Build4People project has already specific plans to show the exhibition posters during several events and at the sites of the local research partners in the upcoming months.

Whereas the present 1st Build4People edition has a focus on case studies from Germany and Europe, a future 2nd exhibition due to publication during the envisaged RD-phase (2021-2025) will mainly focus on case studies from Asia.

Download the whole poster-exhibition as a PDF-file (21,2 MB)

Blue-Green Building Design awards 1st price in Hafencity Hamburg Competition

Always seeking to push for a better sustainability performance, the Build4People team member Eble Messerschmidt Partner (Work Package#3 “Sustainable Neighbourhoods”) wins a prestigious competition with an outstanding sustainable design.

The project we-house Baakenhafen in Hamburg’s Hafencity, which is part of the Build4People Exhibition “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods”, features an 8-storey high building with a hybrid massive timber construction system. The blue green concept promotes biodiversity and urban comfort with green facades.

Furthermore, the innovative material flow system for water management incl. grey water recycling and biomass management with an in-house production of the very fertile Terra Preta soil makes am major contribution to a circular economy.

The facades integrate two approaches: PV panels to the south integrated with greening on carbonised timber cladding to the other directions. The edible forest garden and the rooftop green house will produce vegetables and fruits for the residents and the restaurant in the ground floor. The co-housing concept includes a variety of residential housing types as well as community facilities and co-working spaces.

The goal for the very energy-efficient building incl. roof-top PVs is to award the Hafencity sustainability label in the highest standard Platinum.

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