15.10.2021, Berlin: Der Berliner Innensenator Andreas Geisel (SPD) sitzt vor Beginn der Sondersitzung vom Innenausschuss zu Wahlpannen im Abgeordnetenhaus. In der Sitzung geht es um die Organisation und den Ablauf der Wahlen sowie der Abstimmung vom 26. September 2021. Foto: Monika Skolimowska/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The new building regulations for Berlin are expected to be further delayed. Building Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) referred to the current uncertain situation in an interview with the “Berliner Morgenpost” (Monday).

“We have to realize that the current situation is blatantly different from that in 2021,” Geisel told the newspaper. Even then, construction costs were very high. Further developments are currently unpredictable. “So we have to ask ourselves whether it makes sense and is sensible to pass a building code that might exacerbate this situation and make building completely impossible.”

The new building regulations, for example, are about achieving more accessibility in buildings and more green in new buildings. It was originally supposed to be decided in the last legislative period.

Last March, the Berlin Senate gave the green light to Geisel’s draft, after which the Mayor’s Council should take a stand. He had just been treated there, Geisel told the newspaper. Among other things, it was stated there that there were not enough staff “to control the many different other regulations that are to be added”.

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The construction and real estate industry had already expressed fears in the spring that the planned changes could make construction in the capital even more expensive. “The construction industry and architects also accused the number of regulations in the construction industry of several thousand over the past 20 years,” Geisel told the newspaper.