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



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


    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter



    Martin Schneebacher


    Student assistant


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00



    Aleksandar Tepavcevic

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



    Alexandru Dan


    Student assistant



    Christiane Wermke



    Minoru Suzkuki


    Student assistant



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LV 159.801 - Master - Elective Course

Energy design



Energy Design

SE 159.801 | 4SWS | 6ECTS | Master


In this course we will investigate new approaches to the typology of hotel buildings in different climate zones with the aim of contributing innovative and possibly radical new ideas to the topic. Working directly in close collaboration with Prof. Brian Cody you will be part of a team investigating how natural forces offered up by the local external environment can be used to maximize building energy performance, working with the parameters of building form, building skin, climate control and energy systems.


Inspired by recent projects on which the design firm Energy Design Cody developed the energy concepts, we will investigate how the parameters of building use and local climate can influence the optimal form and how buildings can be developed which have a positive impact on the local environment, buildings which give and do not just take. In the course you will learn to work with climate, energy and natural forces in new ways.


Starting with the analysis of interesting case studies we will seek to comprehend the basic underlying DNA of this typology in terms of its functionality, spatial configuration and energetic performance. This building type, which on the surface offers so many varied approaches and expressions, is at a fundamental level one of the most universal typologies in the field of architectural design, showing little regard for climatic and cultural context. By studying and analyzing the relatively simple hotel room module, which is the basic building block of the hotel building, we will unlock the genetic code which has determined universal design solutions before moving on to parameter studies, adaptions and architectural design exercises. These will help us to develop new approaches but also to uncover universal truths about buildings and energy from the long historical development and status quo of the hotel building typology, which can inform the future of high-performance sustainable buildings.


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