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 159.801 - Master - Elective Course

Energy design



Working in directly in close collaboration with Prof. Brian Cody you will be part of a team which will design two vertical campus projects, one in the hot and humid climate of Mumbai, one in the cold climate of Anchorage, Alaska.


A vertical campus is a new typological approach to educational and research buildings, in which the program is stacked vertically and the important spaces to promote informal communication and social interaction are developed in vertically continuous volumes which connect the program of offices, labs and teaching spaces together.


In this seminar we will investigate the energetic potential this typology harbors and how the climatic parameters of the specific locale can influence the optimal form. Using the natural forces offered up by the local external environment we will maximize building energy performance using building form, skin, climate control and energy systems.


The key is connecting the major design themes of communication and energy. The approach will of course be different in the two chosen climate regions.


In the course you will learn to work with climate, energy and natural forces in new ways.


This year we are using a special newly developed didactic approach. A major element in this is the aspect of working simultaneously on two related but very different design problems leading to an enhanced learning effect.


In a special integrated module in collaboration with Alexandru Dan (Ingenhoven Architects), you will learn how to communicate both your architectural design and your energy concepts effectively.


This years theme is connected to several recently completed building projects, on which the design firm Energy Design Cody developed the climate control and energy concepts; Ecole Centrale Paris with OMA, Med Campus Graz with Riegler Riewe, WU Campus with Bus architects, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook and others. It is also connected to a large university campus project currently in progress, on which Energy Design Cody is preparing the energy master plan. We will go behind the scenes of these projects to understand the design strategies used and visit some of them to experience them live during the coming academic year.


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