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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Urban Form and Energy

Prof. Brian Cody






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.



Within the scope of research of different hypothetical city models, various studies have been conducted to determine the optimal degree of urban density regarding energy. The results clearly show that the parameter of the energy production by means of regenerative energy sources as well as land use required for it play a significant role. The integration of these energy production areas within the surface of the building envelope is an important criteria for the determination of the optimal density.



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Cody, B„Form follows Energy. Form und Energie in Architektur und Stadtplanung“, in: BDA Bund Deutscher Architekten. (Hrsg.): Energetische Sanierung: Denken im Quartier, Berlin, 2012


Cody, B.: „Städtische Dichte und Energie“, in: Forschungsjournal der Technischen Universität Graz WS 11/12, Technische Universität Graz (Hrsg.), ISSN 1682-5675


Cody, B.: „Stadt der Zukunft. Wege zur Energieeffizienz”, in: Der Entwurf – ein Supplement der DBZ, November 2010, ISSN 0721-1902


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


Cody, B.: „Urbane Verdichtung, die Stadt neu denken“, Zeno 2/2009, München, Callway, 2009, ISSN 1866-8429


Cody, B.: „Urban Design and Energy“, GAM 05, Graz Architecture magazine, „Urbanity not Energy“, Fakultät für Architektur TU Graz (Hrsg.), Wien/New York: Springer, ISBN 978-3-211-79203-2



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