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 803. - Master - Wahlfach - Obligatory Elective Course for Integral Design Studio

Urban design and energy



What does an energy efficient and sustainable university campus look like in Mumbai? What would it look like in Alaska?

During the summer term 2018 students will explore and design the typology `campus‘ within the urban context in a hot and a cold climate. What is the difference between a campus in a hot and in a cold climate? How are university buildings organized and integrated in the urban surroundings? What is the width of streets and passages? How dense and compact are adjacent buildings, roof overhangs


At the end of the semester students are able to do urban designs, both in hot and cold climates to enhance energy performance, the urban quality, the micro climate and the quality of life in the area.

A sustainable energy concept is  part of every successful design.



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