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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MArch Mag.arch. BA M.Eng.

Christiane Wermke

Consultation hours Wednesday 10:00-11:00 and acc. to agreement




Since 2015

Assistant at the Institute of buildings and energy in research and teaching

Collaboration in the research project "Smart Façade" (exploratory project on intelligent façade systems for the reduction of the energy demand of buildings)


2009 -2015

Work in various architectural offices in London, Paris and Berlin with the focus on housing construction, retail, energy-efficient housing and educational buildings



Master in Engineering (HS Hannover)

Assessment of the need for sustainability certifications for small residential buildings in the BREEAM and DGBN holdings



Master in Architecture (Glasgow School of Art)

Analysis and evaluation of the energy requirements of a low-energy residential building in lightweight and solid construction



2005 – 2011

Architectural studies in Potsdam (D) and Glasgow (GB) - Architecture diploma


Tel +43(0)316/873-4751


Technical University of Graz

Institute of Buildings and Energy

Rechbauerstraße 12/2

8010 Graz



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