Based on global warming, decline of existing energy resources, exponential population growth, increasing geopolitical instabilities which are the result of uncertainty of the future energy supply, together with the fact that buildings represent about 40% of total energy consumption worldwide leads to a conclusion that a good architecture is not possible without a good energy concept.


    The buildings represent the bigger part of one of the biggest problem of our society - fair distribution of available resources. Therefore architecture can be a big part of the solution. Never before in the history of our civilization architecture had such a chance to gain one of the central roles in the society. Good architecture is always representing the expression of the cultural values, priorities and hopes of a society. Now it can produce a physical response for the existential challenges.


    A sustainable development by definition cannot get along with the decay in architectural quality of our built environment. A building with low architectural quality and good energy concept is not an actual benefit for a sustainable future. The objective of research and teaching at the Institute is the maximization of energy performance of buildings and cities, and the development of architectural and urban projects through form and structure optimization toward energy efficiency.

  • TEAM

    Head of the Institute

    Brian Cody


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00

    consultation-hour - wednesday 11:00 - 12:00

    consultation-hour - friday 11:00 - 12:00

    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter

    Student assistant

    Student assistant


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Alexander Eberl

Consultation hours Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 and acc. to agreement




Since March 2016

Project leader of the research project “SONTE – Smart Modernization Terrassenhaussiedlung” at the Institute of Buildings and Energy.


Since May 2015

Doctoral School of Architecture with the dissertation topic “Revitalizing Structuralism: approaches to the revitalization of housing estates of the era of Structuralism” supervised by Prof. Brian Cody.


Since October 2014

University assistant at the Institute of Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology. Currently teaching: L Construction Physics, SE Workshop 3, PE Design of Specialised Topics and L Architecture and Energy.


July 2014

Master’s Degree in Architecture at the Graz University of Technology with the master thesis “Tong Lau Extended – Densification on Existing Structures”, supervised by Prof. Roger Riewe.



Work experience in the areas of regional planning and building design.



Student assistant at the Institute of Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology.



+43 (316) 873-4755


Technical University of Graz

Institute of Buildings and Energy

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