Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design

The core focus of the Chair for Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design in teaching and research is a holistic design approach for buildings in consideration of the sustainability goals of the European Union (EU). A 90% reduction of CO2 emissions in the building sector compared to 1990 is the main goal of the EU carbon roadmap. 

Transformation of the built environment
The implementation of the carbon roadmap will have major impact on the built environment. The necessary transformation process goes hand in hand with the ongoing transformation in the wake of climate change and urbanization. In research the chair is dealing with transformations of the built environment and develops a holistic design approach hand in hand with architects, engineers and urban planners.

Holistic approach
In the past, energy efficiency was primarily driven by technology. At the moment, however, there is a rethinking of more holistic concepts that increasingly incorporate the urban and regional scale. The overall objective of this approach is to create maximum comfort in the interior as well as in the exterior of the built environment while minimizing the use of resources at the same time.

Tasks of the chair
The chair contributes through practice oriented research to new insights in the holistic design approach for buildings and cities. The Chair’s research projects can be grouped into two main focus areas: “Environmental Quality” and “Energy Management”.
In line with the changing requirements of our time, the chair teaches strategies for a better environmental quality and minimized energy both fundamentally in the bachelor's degree in Architecture as well as in depth in the master programs Architecture, Energy Efficient and Sustainable Planning and Civil Engineering. 
Within research projects the focus is set on the application of simulation-software as planning instrument for the numerical calculation of thermal, lighting and flow specific processes. These insights with practical relevance can be made in the fields of thermal comfort, energy consumption and daylight supply. In research, the chair is conducting several projects with various sources of funding from public or private sector, on state, federal and European level.