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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LV 159.508 - Master

Master Thesis



Preliminary decisions for the acceptance of Master graduates.


The formal guidelines of TU Graz for the composition of the Master Thesis must be complied.

For any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Architecture of TU Graz. Tel. +43 (0) 316-873-6101 or +43 (0) 316-873-6102.

A Portfolio with the current projects must be submitted to the Institute of Buildings and Energy, at the Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz. Furthermore, a concept for the Thesis should already exist, including a detailed approach to the selected working method. A time schedule for the Thesis should also be considered.



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