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    Against the predominant background of global warming, rapidly diminishing energy resources, exponential population growth, increasing geopolitical instabilities resulting from the uncertainty of the future energy supply situation together with the fact that buildings are responsible for at least 40% of the world's energy consumption, good architecture is not possible without a good energy concept. Buildings represent a large part of what is probably one of the biggest problems of our society - namely the fair distribution of the resources available to us. Architecture can therefore be a major part of the solution. Never before has this discipline been offered a comparable opportunity to play such a central role in the history of mankind. Good architecture is always a concrete expression of the cultural values, priorities and hopes of a society. But now it can also provide the physical answer to this existential challenge. By definition, sustainable development cannot be accompanied by a simultaneous loss of architectural quality in our built environment. A building with little architectural quality and a good energy concept therefore makes no real contribution to a sustainable future. Research and teaching at the IGE focuses on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities and developing architectural and urban design projects that are inherently highly energy efficient by optimizing their shape and structure. 


    Architecture is not only responsible for a large proportion of the world's energy consumption - architecture is energy. A line on paper that represents an architectural intention often implies decades or centuries of associated energy and material flows. At the Institute for Buildings and Energy (IGE),  energy-efficient architecture is understood as a triad of minimized energy consumption, optimal indoor climate and excellent spatial qualities - both at the urban and individual building level.


    The experience and the accumulated know-how from the practice of the consulting firm Energy Design Cody through collaborations with architectural offices such as Coop Himmelb(l)au, OMA, Miralles Tagliabue, Delugan Meissl, MVRDV, to name but a few, flow back into basic research but also into the teaching activities at the institute via lectures and impulse lectures, so that students benefit directly from this experience and knowledge.


    Since 2010, the concept has been to prepare a special topic of focus for the coming academic year with the aim of focussing attention in teaching and research on a specific topic for a limited period of time and to exploit synergies between the various activities. At the end of the year, the results of the teaching and research activities are summarized in a brochure and presented to all members of the faculty together with the chosen topic for the coming academic year.





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Vitality District




The main objective of the VITALITY District project is to align the holistic (electrical and thermic) load and generation profile in kwh and thus optimize it during the design phase of urban areas and quarters. - Integral system planning at the quarter-level can reduce peak load energies and buffer surpluses in urban energy storages. In addition, this allows buildings of the district to be optimally coordinated and cared for. - VITALITY District develops tools and methods for the early planning phase of quarters in distributed power generation, distributed storage and interaction between buildings, grids, and storage. This would also prejudge the recently sent out EU-key policies European Green Deal1 and contribute to its implementation. - To develop and evaluate parameters for the development of energy coarse concepts at the quarter level (e.g.: share of renewable energies, energy efficiency, spatial comfort, define best placement of PV modules and sizing of storage to increase self-consumption at district level, etc.) The VITALITY District project aims to develop urban planning options towards a "low-carbon" city with a high quality of life and good resilience, considering existing and planned buildings, infrastructure

and use.



The project places emphasis on integrating existing knowledge and existing research and research results. With the results of this project, a technical basis for various aspects of an ambitious and actionable Smart City urban planning will be created on quarters. The innovation of VITALITY District lies in the early planning and tendering phase of the development and dissemination of low-carbon energy process concepts at the quarter level. This can not only make a major contribution to the achievement of the climate goals of the City of Vienna and subsequently the Republic of Austria, but can also create a decisive innovation advantage for Austrian stakeholders in this field Results: - Models for the simulation of aggregated PV yields for distributed and partially shaded systems of different sizes and technologies. Methods and potential for urban energy storage. Methods and potential for urban energy storage will be shown. - A list of criteria for early planning and tendering of energy-active quarters. - Renewable energy generation profiles and load profiles of different types of buildings can be generated at the quarter level. - Tool for urban planners to simulate quarters with urban storage and renewable energy. - Optimization potential compared to existing quarters and non-optimized use cases using an evaluation matrix - Holistic solutions for coordinated energy use from local energy resources combined with energy-efficient components to greening.



01. September 2020 - 31. August 2022 (ongoing)


Funding program

Stadt der Zukunft 7. Ausschreibung


Type of project

F&E Projekt



AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Konsortialführung)

Technische Universität Graz, Institut für Gebäude und Energie - IGE, Österreich

EURAC European Academy of Bozen, Institute for Renewable Energy, Italien

Architekturbüro Reinberg ZT GmbH

FH Technikum Wien

GrünStattGrau Forschungs- und Innovations-GmbH, Innovationslabor

SAUTTER ZT - advanced energy consulting

ATB-Becker e.U., Österreich



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