Past Reports: 

Take a look at our report of the 10th Green.Building.Solutions. Online-Summer University 2020 to get an impression of the three-week summer program:

2020 Report

Program for GBS 2020


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


Module 1 - Sustainability in Building and Urban Planning: This module covers a general introduction of sustainable development, socioeconomic and regional aspects of sustainable constructing, the role of organisations concerning the support of sustainable development, sustainability as a key factor for the real estate market, sustainable spatial planning concepts in the European context, inclusion- and exclusion processes in sustainable spatial planning, social sustainability in the context of spatial planning, gender planning criteria, etc.

Module 2 - Principles of Passivhaus planning: The essential contents are an introduction into sustainable architecture, passive house planning, IEAA-Tool, grey energy, light and massive construction, national and international building standards, daylight planning in buildings, light lab, integrated planning and solar constructing, passive houses in different climatic regions and the constructive adaption of passive house technologies, architecture in the context of ecological and sustainable planning and building concepts, future perspectives of ecological architectural concepts, etc.

Module 3: Renewable Energies and Business Concepts: The contents of this module are building technologies and automatisation, HVAC, energy efficiency in buildings, control mechanisms in buildings, decentred application possibilities in smart buildings, dynamic thermal simulations in the planning process, thermal efficiency, heat pumps, innovative cooling strategies, photovoltaic, eco-balance in buildings, different quality labels, etc.

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

Implementation of the lecture content in practical design

In terms of planning goals these assessment categories will be integrated in the final project work, where a green building shall be designed by the participant groups – applying the content of the 3 modules.

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Background and genesis

Idea, method, concept and realization of Green.Building.Solutions. Summer University originate from the collaboration of the OeAD student housing and the International Network for Educational Exchange (INEX). After two years of successful implementation the coordination was transferred to the RCE Vienna in 2013.
Since 2015 the OeAD student housing is responsible for coordination, installment and organisation of the Green.Building.Solutions. Summer Program - together with representatives of partner institutions and universities.