Katja Liebmann says she is the mayor of an oasis of well-being in a beautiful region. And she is correct – Schlier, in Upper Swabia, lies right in the heart of the countryside. The whitewashed church tower and neighboring farmyard hint that people interact here on a more personal level than in, for example, Berlin, Hamburg or Munich – and they are also sometimes more innovative: Katja Liebmann and her small team at the town hall have planned and developed the first climate-neutral housing estate in Germany. It has been lovingly christened “Am Bergle” (the estate on the little hill). The initial focus was the development concept, whereby the aim was not only to build traditional single-family houses but also so-called garden court houses, all connected via leafy footpaths to create a stronger sense of community.
Katja Liebmann discovered an engineering office in the neighboring village of Weingarten that was very familiar with modern energy concepts. More and more partners followed and added their expertise to the project, including EnBW. The result: Every building is equipped with its own photovoltaic power plant to deliver green electricity. Probes sunk to a depth of 80 meters and heat pumps provide geothermal heating and passive cooling to all households. If desired, residents can also have a charging station for electric vehicles fitted right outside or in the underground garage.