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Research Highlights

29. November 2010



In 2007, the dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning, Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.h.c. Klaus Semsroth, initiated a biannual faculty “Science Day” that is open to professionals from related research, development, and industry communities. The aim of this event is to present current research projects and scientific research activities of the faculty in its full range of disciplines. The applied and design-practice-based nature of faculty research is especially highlighted through the presentation of fundamental research in conjunction with innovative product and system developments, as well as cooperations with participating industry and funding partners.


The second Science Day of the Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning was held May 28th, 2009. The presentations and workshops of this year’s event focused on the declared research field "eco-efficient development and design of the built environment" and the supported topic "eco-efficient building retrofit and restauration."

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dietmar Wiegand presided over the second Science Day, which he documented in the following minutes:


Agenda item 1: Presentation of projects currently in progress in the faculty research field “eco-efficient development and design of the built environment” and the supported topic “eco-efficient building retrofit and restauration” (see also list in addenda and presentation slides).


The presentations of the first workshop session showed that:


  1. based on the large number and scope of current projects, “eco-efficient development and design of the built environment” poses a very active field of faculty research;
  2. numerous research projects are already being carried out in cooperation with other faculties of Vienna UT, e.g., with the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation;
  3. the staff of the faculty’s institutes have the scientific expertise needed to address issues and technologies posed by professional practice, which forms an excellent basis for development of Vienna UT’s new research center “Energy and Environment” and new technology transfer center “TUb.”

The faculty’s R&D activities focus on three discernible concentrations:


  1. Research on building materials and components, in particular with respect to timber construction;
  2. “Systemic” research:

    1. incorporation of occupant behaviour patterns in the calculation of energy demand, as well as in the design and management of buildings and housing developments;
    2. consideration of material flows in the lifecycle of buildings and housing developments;
    3. systemic optimisation of project development and management processes;
    4. systemic risk management in real estate and infrastructure development projects.

  3. Research on new integrative methods of design and planning that

    1. consider physical, economic, social, ecological, and cultural factors integrated over time;
    2. integrate scales of reference – from the object, e.g., building, through the region to a global scale.

The projects are largely, but not exclusively of applied research.

Funding or contracting of research and development ranges from national and European research grants to direct commissions through municipal and industry partners. At present, the industry-funding quota could not yet be determined.


Agenda item 2: Discussion of further actions for proceeding in the faculty research field “eco-efficient development and design of the built environment” and the supported topic “eco-efficient building retrofit and restauration”

The following steps for proceeding were discussed and agreed upon:

The research expertise in materials and components, as well as the systemic research initiatives will be brought especially into the running discussions between Vienna UT and “Wien 3420” by Wiegand.

The following tree research proposals shall be submitted to the vice rectorate for research at Vienna UT for funding through the “innovative ideas” programme:


  1. Eplus technology in building stock – Mahdavi/Wiegand/u.a.
  2. Thermal upgrading of historic landmark buildings, case study of Schönbrunn Palace – Wehdorn/Winter/u.a.
  3. Project development for the new energy age, model modernisation of the existing heat distribution infrastructure in the large housing developments of Rostov at Don – Wiegand/Mahdavi



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