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 funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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 integrating link of our scientific-conceptional, analytical and normative dimension is the urban quality of life, which we consider to be the general foundation for our people-driven approach. 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 most important of all the Phnom Penh Capital Administration. Locally established multipliers such as the European Chamber of Commerce or the Cambodia Architect & Decor fair will support the 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 as part of action research processes. 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

Start of Dissemination of Build4People Special Edition of Architectural Guide Phnom Penh

During a meeting of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology Cambodia (AAET-C) at the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS) on 19 February 2021, the Build4People special edition of the Architectural Guide Phnom Penh got disseminated by CIUS director Dr. Tep Makathy. CIUS is the main project management partner of the Build4People project.

The dissemination of the Architectural Guide Phnom Penh in Khmer language (published by Moritz Henning and Walter Koditek) shall contribute to capacity building by spreading of knowledge of climate-adapted architecture, green buildings and sustainable urban planning to a wide audience.

In the context of the Build4People project 200 complimentary copies of the special edition of the Architectural Guide Phnom Penh will get distributed among multipliers, professionals and staff of various administrative levels of Phnom Penh Capital Administration.

Hand-over to H.E Ly Sovannarith, Head of AART-C, Engineering Academy of ASEAN
Hand-over to Dr. Heng Sokbil, civil engineer of ITC and member of Supreme National Economic Council
Hand-over to Dr. Sin Mengsrun, VP of Academic Affairs of Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia.
Hand-over to Justin Op Dara, VP of Faculty of Mathematics, Engineering and Science of Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia
Hand-over to Tola Mach, lecturer at School of Architecture and Urban Planning of Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

Build4People Season’s Greetings: Happy Chinese New Year 2021 – រីករាយបុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំប្រពៃណីចិន ២០២១

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters of the Build4People project,
ផ្ញើជូនមិត្តជិតឆ្ងាយ និងអ្នកគាំទ្រគម្រោង “សាងសង់សម្រាប់មនុស្ស”,

On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, we would like to wish you, your families and your beloved ones with all of our heart all the best of a happy, healthy and successful year 2021.

In regard of our joint research work we sincerely hope that we will be able to meet you face-to-face as soon as possible, not only to professionally cooperate together, but also to promote Cambodian-German-friendship.

All the best with warmest wishes, on behalf of the whole Build4People team, Michael Waibel (Build4People representative)

Build4People Exchange with Sevea Consulting on Energy Efficiency in Cambodia

On 10th February 2021, representatives of Build4People Work Package #1 “Behaviour Change”, Dr Anke Blöbaum and Annalena Becker and of Build4People Work Package #2 “Sustainable Building”, Dr Dirk Schwede and Christina Karagianni, held an informal exchange with Mathilde Driot and Chloe Deparis from the company Sevea Consulting, based in Phnom Penh. 

Recently, Sevea Consulting was involved in the organisation of the Cambodia Energy Efficiency Competition (CEEC), a major bottom-up approach to increase awareness of questions of energy efficiency in Cambodia. This competition of energy efficiency is organised by SEVEA consulting in cooperation with ITC’s Energy Engineering school. The competition is a Cambodian implementation of CUBE, an existing contest in France and other European countries. The competition is running for commercial buildings and focuses on improving the buildings management and changing the energy consumption behaviour of the occupants of the building, without any big retrofits. The competition is being held between buildings comparing their energy savings by comparing their electricity bills for one year. It is going to start on April 2021 and the award ceremony is going to be on April/May 2022.

In regard of Build4People project, further exchange regarding intervention planning will be very exciting. Among other things, there is the chance to intervene in organisations and households in order to change behaviour in energy and resource consumption. 

The collaboration of the Build4People project and Sevea Consulting (CEEC) will consist of experience and data exchange. The Build4People team will offer the household survey results that will help Sevea consulting to frame the user behaviour for the competition.  Experience and data collected about best practices, occupier’s engagement and creative and innovative energy saving techniques within the case studies of the competition will enrich the conceptualization and planning of Build4People project activities.

Further meetings are planned to keep up to date both parties about their ongoing activities and to promote further collaboration.

Introduction of a new team member of Work Package #1 “Behaviour Change”

The Build4People team warmly welcomes the new team member Dr. Op Vanna from the Department of Psychology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in regard the upcoming RD phase. Together with Dr. Sok Serey he will work together with Work Package#1 “Behaviour Change”.

Dr. Op Vanna holds a Master degree of Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development that he received at the University of Toulouse Le-Mirail, France, in 2008. He finished his PhD in Developmental Psychology in 2017 at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, France. Since 2011, he has been working as a lecturer for applied psychology, children and adolescent development and research methodology at RUPP.

On February 4th 2021, Dr.Sok Serey, Dr. Op Vanna and the German team members of WP#1 Dr. Anke Blöbaum, Annalena Becker and the student assistant Marcel Dietrich arranged a first online meeting in order to plan the cooperation during the upcoming RD phase and to discuss the curriculum development with the aim of incorporating aspects of environmental psychology at RUPP. During the meeting, Anke Blöbaum and Annalena Becker shared some insights of the research results and project activities during the definition phase and discussed the conduction of the household survey that was comprehensively supported by Dr. Sok Serey.

Discussing the current BA curriculum of Psychology at RUPP

Dr. Op Vanna presented the curriculum of the Bachelor degree of Psychology at RUPP and reflected on how environmental psychology could be integrated in the near future. This is part of Build4People’s capacity building activities and will be further elaborated during the first Build4People Curriculum Development Summit on March 4th 2021 with all the other work packages with their local research partners from RUPP, Royal University of Agriculture as well as the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia.