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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Hyperbuilding city



Fields of reference

Building ecology; Construction Physics; Energy saving; Energy Research; Energy Storage; Power engineering; Renewable Energy; Climate engineering; Sustainable Technologies; Sustainable Building; Solar Architecture; Urbanism; Thermodynamics; Heat technology.



Whilst looking for answers to the demands and strategies for a spatial, chronological and digital densification, in this research project, we are creating vertical structures as a conceptual model that covers all necessary infrastructural elements of a society including energy generation, food production and industry. These so-called hyper buildings should not be imagined as solitaires, but as single cells of a complex city model. The concept of hyper buildings foresees structures that consists of urban areas with a population density similar to that of Manhattan but does not require any external energy or water supply, nor does it produce any garbage or emits any CO2. It requires no or only little external supply. Living, office and industrial use coexist with parks and areas of farming, biomass and energy generation. Within the hyper building context, a three-dimensional city structure with urbanity, nature, density and variety is developed with a highly amelioration of the quality of life compared to cities these days.



October 2010 - ongoing



Cody, B.: „The Role of Technology in Sustainable Architecture“, in: Wolkenkuckucksheim, Internationale Zeitschrift zur Theorie der Architektur. Vol. 19, Issue 33, 2014, p. 239–249, 2014, online unter


Cody, B.: “Smart Buildings”, in: Wing business 4/13, 2013, ISSN 0256-7830


Cody, B.: „The air that we breathe“, in: Uncube, Magazine No. 16, online unter


Cody, B.: „Form follows Energy – die Zukunft der Energieperformance“ in „energy2121, Bilder zur Energiezukunft“, Hrsg. Klima- und Energiefonds, Österreich: omninum, , 2014, ISBN 978-3-99031-014-4


Cody.B.:„Form follows Energy“, in: Xia Intelligente Architektur, (80),p.36-41, 2012, ISSN 0949-2356, online unter



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