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 159.560 - Lecture / Exercise - Bachelor

Building engineering



Based on the contents of the lecture series, students will be provided with the ability to evaluate building from a building engineering and energetic point of view. The resulting knowledge can be applied to future design projects. By using the working method of case studies of well-known buildings, the complex interdependency between climate, building envelope, active building engineering systems and last but not least, architectural form will be analyzed and illustrated. The focus is on the question of how architecture and technology interact and whether or not they can reinforce each other in a positive synergistic sense.  Architectural models on the case studies will be built by the students and are intended to enable and aid the understanding of the complex systems involved and especially of their architectural implications.


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