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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Assistant (Substitute)

Mag.rer.nat. Dr.techn.

Renate Teppner

Consultation hours:

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 or acc. to agreement



Diploma studies in Theoretical Physics, University of Graz

Doctoral thesis at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Graz University of Technology


Professional experience:

Argon gas purging of the liquid steel during steel casting using porous plugs;

Formation and detachment of gas bubbles in a water model and from porous plugs in liquid steel


Christian Doppler Laboratory of Continuous Solidification Processes,

Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Graz University of Technology


Numerical simulation of flow and heat transfer (Computational Fluid Dynamics - CFD) in thematic context to buildings


arsenal research, Vienna

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Energy Department, Vienna


Teaching experience:

University of Graz, Graz University of Technology, UAS Technikum Wien, UAS Upper Austria, TU Wien





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