Week 1

Module 1

Global Challenges & Role of Buildings
Virtual Opening Ceremony featuring Austria’s most famous climate researcher Helga Kromp-Kolb and a speaker from Fridays For Future

➔ Sustainability and biodiversity: from restorative to regenerative
➔ Climate goals 2030: Importance of renovation and energy efficiency (Paris, Green Deal, SDGs)
➔ Architecture for 2050 - Carbon resilience in a changing climate
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Module 2

Historical development & Introduction to Green Building Design
➔ The Architecture of Green Buildings
➔ Historical Development and Principles of Passive House Design
➔ Evolution and internationalization of the Passive House Standard
➔ Participants presentations of preparatory homework
➔ Virtual tour passive house renovations Mariahilferstrasse/Kaiserstrasse
➔ Panel Discussion with Experts of the day
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Module 3

Quality of life in and around buildings
➔ Daylight & Visual Comfort
➔ Thermal comfort - requirements and strategies
➔ Green roofs, green walls and interior greening
➔ Landscaping for people and planet
➔ Microclimate and outdoor comfort
➔ Green infrastructure in cities
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Module 4

Socially inclusive & accessible urban spaces
➔ Planning, democracy, rights for public space
➔ Socioeconomic factors of sustainable urban planning
➔ Mobility as a driver of sustainable cities
➔ Urban Co-creation in the Digital Age
➔ Visit & Presentation: Seestadt Aspern (OeAD-GreenHouse & PopUp Dorms)
➔ Best practice for Co-housing: Bike and Rails
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Week 2

Module 5

Circular economy in building sector
➔ Circular economy as strategy for cities
➔ Material streams management, reuse, recycle
➔ Natural Materials and Biodiversity
➔ Tackling a Double Challenge – How to Build More While Using Less
➔ Wood and straw-bale as sustainable construction material
➔ Canadian expertise in wooden buildings
➔ Virtual visit TÜWI and/or Ilse Wallentin Haus Boku
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Module 6

Energy Concepts & Technologies
➔ Positive Energy District
➔ Urban energy planning and Integration of renewables
➔ Innovative cooling processes
➔ Heat pumps in green buildings
➔ Solar Thermal, PV and its applications
➔ Virtual Visit: AIT Energybase
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Module 7

Software Toolbox (Modelling & Simulation)
➔ Building Information Modelling - Static and Dynamic
➔ Dynamic Thermal Simulations - Introduction to Polysun and IDA ICE
➔ Workshop: Dynamic Thermal Simulations - Deep Dive
➔ Integration of results into Team Design Project
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Module 8

Economy for sustainable buildings
➔ Building certification as market driver
➔ Building renovation as a market opportunity
➔ Attractive sustainable real estate for investors
➔ Green Finance and investments
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Week 3

Module 9

Team Design Project "Otto-Wagner-Areal; From historical site to positive energy campus"
The final week of GBS is dedicated to a group design project - a real-life case study for a sustainable neighbourhood, to assess how well the students have understood the content of the lectures, exercises, and workshops in the previous two weeks. Content from all three modules are included in the group project work.

Poster designs are presented to an expert panel, along with a PowerPoint presentation on the final day of GBS. The group presentations are followed by a graduation ceremony.
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Course Learning Objectives

1. Understand the origin of resources and the respective use as well as the integration in buildings

2. Learn about the relationships between buildings and their context

3. Create an understanding for the necessity of interdisciplinary cooperation to realize green building strategies

Content of lectures

The following learning objectives are content of the three week course:

  1. Sustainable urban and settlement development, spatial planning for increased quality of life (including: mobility, spatial planning, energy supplies and renewable energies, and waste management)
  2. Resource-optimized building concepts
  3. Fundamentals of planning for resource-optimized buildings
  4. Passivhaus and Net-Energy Positive Buildings
  5. Healthy Building
  6. Thermal comfort and air quality
  7. Daylight planning
  8. Buliding envelope and renewable construction materials (NAWAROs)
  9. Building Services Engineering
  10. Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  11. Certification of buildings, quality control
  12. Sociological aspects, impact of utilizers