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.

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    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 159.560 - Bachelor

Workshop 3



Tierra Caliente / Tierra Helada

As part of this year's theme “Hot and Cold”, we will put ourselves into border country of the Andean states of Peru and Bolivia. There, we find highly contrasting climatic conditions, due to the enormous differences in altitude: permanently cool areas in the highlands of the Andes, and permanently warm regions in the subtropical lowlands.


These contrasting environments provide perfect conditions to study the influence of the outside temperature on the climatic design of buildings: Let away the outside temperature, the climatic conditions are comparable - the sun path is almost the same, rainfall, seasonal and daily temperature fluctuations are similar.


We will approach the question of the influence of the outside temperature on energy efficient building design over a simple typology: A "shelter", a minimal, power-autonomous, temporary accommodation for hikers and nature tourists, is to be designed for both climatic zones. In the design process we will focus on the question of how these shelters need to differ from each other in order to create a comparable indoor climate with minimal energy expenditure.


In the course of the workshop will deal with the topics of thermal comfort, renewable energies and climate-adapted building. In short input lectures and research tasks necessary background knowledge is conveyed and elaborated. The designs and energy concepts are developed in group work with the help of simple software tools.


At the end of the workshop, we will have dealt intensively with the influence of outside temperature on the energy demand of buildings. We will have developed solution strategies for hot and cold environments.


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