Transforming the Built Environment Fact by Fact

Why? The role of the building sector in climate change has received increasing attention in the scientific community in recent years, but the lack of easily accessible and illustrative information from credible sources has hindered the general public, industry professionals and changemakers from participating in the discussion.

How? For this reason, the Toni Piëch Foundation in November 2022 established a partnership with the think tank Bauhaus Earth to create a common knowledge base for regenerative approaches to buildings and the use of alternative building materials to combat climate change.


Co-founded by John Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Bauhaus Earth focuses on transforming the built environment through scientific inquiry and policy advising. An interdisciplinary team addresses knowledge gaps in existing research and policy and identifies points of intervention to put the transformation of the construction sector on the global agenda.


Initiated by the Toni Piëch Foundation, Bauhaus Earth is developing modular series of short, concise information sheets (“factsheets”) organized by topic.

In the first phase, two series were developed and made available via the communication channels of Bauhaus Earth and the Toni Piëch Foundation: 

    The first series puts the construction sector in context of global challenges, highlighting its role in addressing the climate emergency and presenting the vision of a regenerative built future.

    The second series explores innovative approaches and case studies on the building scale which align with a regenerative built environment. These include bio-based materials, material circularity, and sufficiency.

    The Toni Piëch Foundation provided a grant of €45,900 for the creation of the first two series. In 2024, the Toni Piëch Foundation and Bauhaus Earth continued their cooperation with a second phase of this project, which can be found here.

    // Updated in May 2024