Against the predominant background of global warming, rapidly diminishing energy resources, exponential population growth, increasing geopolitical instabilities resulting from the uncertainty of the future energy supply situation together with the fact that buildings are responsible for at least 40% of the world's energy consumption, good architecture is not possible without a good energy concept. Buildings represent a large part of what is probably one of the biggest problems of our society - namely the fair distribution of the resources available to us. Architecture can therefore be a major part of the solution. Never before has this discipline been offered a comparable opportunity to play such a central role in the history of mankind. Good architecture is always a concrete expression of the cultural values, priorities and hopes of a society. But now it can also provide the physical answer to this existential challenge. By definition, sustainable development cannot be accompanied by a simultaneous loss of architectural quality in our built environment. A building with little architectural quality and a good energy concept therefore makes no real contribution to a sustainable future. Research and teaching at the IGE focuses on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities and developing architectural and urban design projects that are inherently highly energy efficient by optimizing their shape and structure. 

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    Architecture is not only responsible for a large proportion of the world's energy consumption - architecture is energy. A line on paper that represents an architectural intention often implies decades or centuries of associated energy and material flows. At the Institute for Buildings and Energy (IGE),  energy-efficient architecture is understood as a triad of minimized energy consumption, optimal indoor climate and excellent spatial qualities - both at the urban and individual building level.


    The experience and the accumulated know-how from the practice of the consulting firm Energy Design Cody through collaborations with architectural offices such as Coop Himmelb(l)au, OMA, Miralles Tagliabue, Delugan Meissl, MVRDV, to name but a few, flow back into basic research but also into the teaching activities at the institute via lectures and impulse lectures, so that students benefit directly from this experience and knowledge.


    Since 2010, the concept has been to prepare a special topic of focus for the coming academic year with the aim of focussing attention in teaching and research on a specific topic for a limited period of time and to exploit synergies between the various activities. At the end of the year, the results of the teaching and research activities are summarized in a brochure and presented to all members of the faculty together with the chosen topic for the coming academic year.





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Preliminary decisions for the acceptance of PhD students.


The formal guidelines of TU Graz for the composition of the Dissertations must be complied. For any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Architecture at Graz University of Technology



A current CV and Portfolio must be submitted to the Institute of Buildings and Energy, in the Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz.  Furthermore, an already elaborate concept for the Dissertation will be required, which consist of the following parts:


- the individual background reasons for the chosen subject

- the first references

- published research findings in the field of reference

- the chosen methodology

- a rough time schedule in which the Dissertation will be completed


Usually, the Dissertations in the Institute of Buildings and Energy deal with the following subjects:


- Form Follows Energy

- Building Performance

- Energy Efficient Facades

- Energy Efficient Ventilation Concepts

- Urban Design and the impact on the Energy Performance


At the latest, one year after the acceptance as a PhD candidate, a first article related to the chosen subject must be published in a journal.

At the beginning of the Dissertation,a schedule is drawn up to which both parties must adhere, except for certain reasons on which both parties agree.



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