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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Tele-working and Energy efficiency

Prof. Brian Cody

Andreas Ampenberger

Wolfgang Löschnig

Alexander Eduard Petriu

Johannes Traxler



Fields of reference

Architecture, Power Technology



 This research project analyses the correlation between different types of tele-working and the overall energy efficiency of the society. New types of working have increased the energy consumption in the past few years. However, rigorous structural changes of the physical and virtual infrastructure of the society (buildings, transport and IT systems) have the potential by using these new parameter to increase the energy efficiency of the society. The conducted studies in this research project analyzed the energetic structures of typical service companies consisting of residential and office buildings, transport and IT systems and evaluated the potentials to increase the efficiency. External experts in the area of sociology, transportation and IT were involved.



01 January 2009 - 30. Juny 2011



Cody B./ Löschnig W./Ampenberger A./ Petriu E. A./Sommer B./ Podmirseg D.:  „Telearbeit und Energieeffizienz. Untersuchungen des Zusammenhangs zwischen Telearbeit und der Gesamtenergieeffizienz der Gesellschaft“, FFG, Wien 2011


Cody, B.: „Energieeffizienz versus Energieverbrauch“, in: Die Stadt neu sehen. Begleitdokumentation zum gleichnamigen internationalen Symposium am 26.11.2009 in Karlsruhe, Deutschland: Fakultät für Architektur Karlsruhe (Hrsg.), 2010



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