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. 

  • TEAM

    Head of the Institute

    Brian Cody



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




    Hatice Cody


    Martin Schneebacher


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00



    Aleksandar Tepavcevic

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


    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter



    Christiane Wermke



    Minoru Suzkuki


    Student assistant


    Student assistant


    Student assistant




    Construction physics

    (3. Semester)


    Building engineering

    (3. Semester)


    Architecture and energy

    (4. Semester)


    Workshop 3

    (5. Semester)


    Design of specialised topics

    (6. Semester)




    Integral design studio

    Compulsory Subject


    Computer simulation

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio SS


    Energy design

    Elective Course


    Advanced facade technologies

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio WS


    Advanced Architectural Science

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio SS


    Advanced building systems

    Elective Subject / Obligatory Elective Subject for the Integral Design Studio WS




    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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LV 159.508 - Bachelor

Design of specialised topics


Following the guideline “form follows energy”, we are concentrating on the energetic optimization of buildings in the early planning phase. It’s the basic design decisions that are important in this exercise: the location, orientation, form, zoning and organization of buildings. In this early planning stage the planner still has the greatest influence on the ecological footprint of his design. The later energetic considerations are introduced into the design process, the smaller the potential for optimization and the higher the structural and technical effort to achieve the set goals.


This year we are focusing on the hotel typology and will therefore design a hotel in central locations of London, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai or Toronto. Given the specific climate conditions in each of these locations, the students will have to propose a structure that not only meet the high visual and functional requirements of a hotel, but also make thermal comfort as energy efficient as possible.


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