The Kronsberg development as an ‘EXPO 2000 project’ offers a model of the most modern ecological construction and habitation in the spirit of Agenda 21. The principle aim in developing the new city district was optimised planning and construction for sustainability at all levels. Ecological aims were set within a regulatory framework of compact urban planning concepts, environmentally responsible transport, high quality open space planning, environmentally sound energy supply systems, sparing use of natural resources and raising public awareness.
Through to the EXPO 2000 World Exposition, in the space of just 30 months almost 3,000 homes were built to an exceptionally high ecological standard and above average comfort levels. The overwhelmingly positive opinions of the district voiced by professionals at home and abroad have confirmed the success of the project. Numerous instruments and technologies incorporated in the ‘Kronsberg Standard’ can be used without modification by all local authorities in Germany, and this is already standard practice in some cities. They are certainly transferable and applicable to the situation of many European cities and communities.
At the ‘Energiespar-Oskar’ in Linz, Austria in 2001 the Kronsberg project took second prize from among 1,260 submissions from 83 countries.
In November 2002 in St. Pölten, state capital of Lower Austria, Hannover’s Director of Environmental and Economic Affairs Hans Mönninghoff once again accepted an prize in recognition of exceptional climate protection – the ‘Climate Star 2002’ awarded for the first time by the European Climate Alliance, for the exemplary energy and environment concept of the Kronsberg development.