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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Form follows energy

Prof. Brian Cody







Collaborations with world-leading, internationally active architectural firms have proven to be an important instrument to expand the state of knowledge in the field of holistic, total energy conception of buildings and urban design projects and to advance the urgently needed development of this field worldwide. Energy Design Cody is consulted on some of the most exciting and challenging building projects in the world and works with some of the world's leading architects, including Coop Himmelb(l)au, Rem Koolhaas OMA, MVRDV, Miralles Tagliabue, to name but a few. These collaborations have resulted in over 35 first prizes in international competitions. In parallel, software tools are continuously developed to enable the energetic analysis and optimization of innovative energy design concepts. Through teaching, a direct transfer of this innovation know-how to students takes place.



January 2005 - ongoing



Cody, B.: "Form follows Energy. Using natural forces to maximise performance.", Birkhäuser Verlag, 2017,



Cody, B.: "Energy-Performative Architecture. Working with the Forces of Nature to Optimize Energy Flows and the Impact on Phenomenology of Architectural Form", in: Mitra Kanaani (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture. Using Time to Craft an Eduring, Resilient and Relevant Architecture (1. Ed. 09. December 2019), New York, Routledge / Taylor and Francis, Chapter 20, p. 341 – 361, ISBN 97803670


Cody, B.: "Smart Skins", in: Michael Schuhmacher, Michael-Marcus Vogt, Luis A. Cordòn Krumme (eds), new move. Architecture in Motion - New Dynamic Components and Elements, Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, Basel, 18.12.2019, S. 68 - 71, ISBN 978-3-0356-1360-5,



Cody, B.: "Architektur – Energie – Stadt“, in: conference proceedings, 14. Symposium Energieinnovation, 10.- 12.02.2016, Graz/Austria,



Cody, B.: "Architecture and Energy“, in: ECOLA European Conference of Leading Architects“, 2015, ISBN  978-3-87181-898-1, AIT Edition 10,



Cody, B.: “Energiekonzept”. in Landesarchiv NRW, O&O Baukunst 2015,



Cody, B.: „The air that we breathe“, in Uncube, Magazine No. 16, www.uncubemagazine.com,



Cody, B.: "Form follows Energy", in: xia Intelligente Architektur Ausgabe 80, 07-09/2012, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, ISSN 0949-2356,



Cody, B.: "Form follows Energy. Beziehungen zwischen Form und Energie in Architektur und Urban Design“, in: Deutsche Bauzeitung DBZ, Heft 6, Gütersloh/D, 2012, ISSN 0011-4782,



Cody, B.: "Form follows Energy. Form und Energie in Architektur und Stadtplanung", in: Energetische Sanierung: Denken im Quartier, Pulikation zum Symposium: Erst denken, dann dämmen. Quartiersübergreifende Energiekonzepte zur Sanierung von Bestandsbauten am 7.9.2011, BDA Bund Deutscher Architekten, Berlin/D, 2012, PDF


Cody, B.: "Architecture, motion and energy", in: Michael Schumacher, Oliver Schaeffer, Michael-Marcus Vogt (Hrsg.): MOVE. Architektur in Bewegung - Dynamische Komponenten und Bauteile, d/e, Birkhäuser, Basel 2010, ISBN: 978-3-7643-9985-6,



Cody, B.: Form follows energy – energy efficiency in architecture and urban design”, in: Ulrich Knaack, Tillmann Klein (Hrsg.): The Future Envelope 3: Facades - the making of, IOS Press BV, Amsterdam 2010, ISBN 978-1-60750-671-3,



Cody, B.: "Form follows Energy", Keynote Lecture, Conference Proceedings, Clima 2010 - 10th REHVA World Congress, Antalya/Türkei, 9. - 12. Mai 2010.


Cody, B.: "Form follows Energy, Building Energy Performance and Architecture", Mimarliklarin Pazaryeri, UIA 2005 Istanbul Kongresi Etkinlikleri Dizisi, XXII. Dünya Mimarlik Kongresi' nden Secme Bildiriler, Tmmob Mimarlar Odasi, Ankara 2009, ISBN 978-9944-89-655-9


Cody, B.: "Urban Design and Energy", GAM 05, Urbanity not Energy, Springer Wien New York, 2008, ISBN 978-3-211-79203-2,



"Form follows Energy", "der architekt", 3/09, Herausgeber: Bund Deutscher Architekten, Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung, ISSN 0003-875X,



Cody, B.: “Energy efficiency in architecture and urban design”, Conference proceedings, ICEBO 8th International Conference for enhanced building operations, Berlin, Oktober 2008


Cody, B.: "Exploring the potential for natural ventilation of tall buildings", Conference Proceedings, 29th AIVC Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2008.,



Cody, B.: “Energy efficiency in architecture and urban design”, Conference proceedings, ICEBO 8th International Conference for enhanced building operations, Berlin, Oktober 2008.


Cody, B.: „Gebäude und Energie“ Conference Proceedings, 10. Symposium Energieinnovation, TU Graz, Februar 2008, PDF


Cody, B.:„Form follows Energy“, in: Profile – Magazin über Architektur, Issue 5 ,2007, p.04.-10., PDF


Cody, B.:„Gebäude und Energie“, Conference Proceedings, 9. Symposium Energieinnovation, TU Graz, Februar 2006


Cody, B.: “Form follows Energy, Building Energy Performance and Architecture”, Conference Proceedings, UIA 2005 World Architecture Congress, Istanbul, Türkei, 2005


Cody, B.: „Form follows Energy“, in: Graz Architecture Magazine, Bd. 2, Wien: Springer, 2005, p.28.-41. PDF


Cody, B.:“Form follows Energy“, the SOLAR 2003 Conference, Austin, Texas, USA, 2003.



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