Green.Building.Solutions. Summer University is a non-profit project, therefore we try to keep the costs for participants as low as possible. To enable people who need financial assistance to participate, we continue to look for financial support.

If you would like to have more information about the project G.B.S. or if you are interested in supporting the program, please contact us directly at

We would like to express our extraordinary gratitude to our new and continuing supporters, with special thanks to those, who have been with us for several years!

ABOUT STO-Foundation

Under the motto "Fostering knowledge," the Sto Foundation seeks to shape the future through education.  The overarching purpose of the Sto Foundation picks up on the Sto SE & Co. KGaA's guiding principle "Building with Conscience" and raises awareness for the importance of designing an environment and human-friendly living spaces. Since its founding in 2005, the non-profit foundation has been fostering the next generation of construction industry personnel – future painters and plasterers, aspiring architects, interior designers and building designers.  €600,000 is available annually for scholarships, workshops, seminars, and lecture events. Over the past decade, more than €3.5 million was made available for more than 140 projects that benefit the construction industry's next generation. The two funding areas – architecture and building trades – are treated equally.  Many young craftsmen are successfully progressing up the Sto Foundation's educational pyramid, from an apprenticeship to a university degree; or continue their education and training in one of the international exchange programs or practice-oriented projects often while engaged in dialogues with architects from all over the world.Architecture, interior design, and building industry students have to prove in international summer schools that they can transfer their knowledge to real-life situations. They are devoted to sustainable design and building, and are working in the field together with volunteers from different cultures.These students find out first-hand how their role models think and work from representatives of world-famous architecture offices.  As part of the "November Lectures", leading architects present highly interesting expert lectures to an audience of thousands at six locations in Europe.Find additional information on the Sto Foundation at

Knowledge and responsibility

"Helplessness" and "uncertainty" are words that come to mind when thinking about the hostile events that have affected and moved so many people lately. But we must also keep in mind the words "responsibility" and "optimism" in order to meet societal, economic and environmental challenges.We believe that the Sto Foundation's responsibility is to sensitise people even more to responsibly handle resources.  In any case, that means promoting sustainable and energetically practical construction.  Our role in this process is to prepare the next generation for future construction challenges – both on a professional and a human Level.The best way to achieve that goal is by passing on expertise, sharing experiences and making people aware of their responsibility.  Our efforts are based on exchanging ideas and experiences across disciplines and borders. The "November Lectures" are part of that exchange.  Representatives of renowned architecture offices provide insights into their design philosophies.

We are excited to have found a new partner – the TU Prague. With “Architects of Israel”, even the first series had a very special motto.  In 2016, the November Lectures in Prague were titled “Danish Architects” – and we at the Sto Foundation believe that was an excellent choice in light of the architectural innovations originating in Scandinavia.  With great joy, I once again mingled with the young audience. Uwe Koos, Chairman of the Foundation's Board


About the Viennese Housing Research Division

The Viennese Housing Research Division is located in the Municipal Department MA 50. Its agenda includes the medium-term estimation of housing demand, needs-orientated development of Vienna’s housing and networking with international committees. Viennese housing research underpins Vienna’s idea of an innovative and affordable housing market that reacts to current social changes and develops new solutions. It provides the research for this, and supports housing policy as well as the public with expertise in this challenging task.

The leading research questions in ecological sustainability are, How can housing and urban renewal policies contribute to climate resilience? Which developments are to be expected in the fields of ecology, civil engineering, energy and building technologies?



About BUWOG Group

The BUWOG Group is the leading German-Austrian full-service provider in the residential property business and now looks back on over 65 years of expertise. In addition to Asset Management, the entire value chain of the residential sector is covered by Property Development and Property Sales. Sustainability in all its facets and in its three dimensions of economic, ecological and social responsibility has always been of enormous importance at the BUWOG Group and is understood as a foundation of company culture.

The BUWOG Group therefore pursues ambitious climate protection targets and, with specific measures, ensures that lasting sustainability effects can be generated in every business area.

The BUWOG Group has an energy management system (certified according to "ISO 50001"), is a member of the Austrian "VÖNIX sustainability index", and is a partner in the "klima:aktiv pakt2020". BUWOG also carries the title "EcoBusiness Vienna Company" and will soon be a certified company in the scope of the "Work and Family" audit of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Family and Youth (BMFJ).


The "Heimbau" is a limited-profit housing association . It is constituted as a cooperative having its office in Vienna.

The development and construction of housing projects , mostly subsidized rental dwellings, and the management of the dwellings are the main activities of the "Heimbau". Sustainability is very important for the "Heimbau"; e.g. this can be seen in the realization of low-energy houses and passive houses.

ABOUT 10Hoch4

With a state-of-the-art photovoltaic system from 10hoch4 Energiesysteme GmbH, you increase your profitability and provide a credible indication that your company is a real concern to the environment. Your company will thus become a reference project for sustainability.

ABOUT AAP.Architekten

Founded 1991 as Atelier Albertplatz, is jointly headed by Martina Feirer, Alexandra Frankel, Hans Früh, Gerhard Paul, Franz Ryznar and Roswitha Siegl as aap.architekten-ZT GmbH since 2007.

aap.architekten stands for social and ecological sustainable architecture. Our strength is to cover the whole broadness of architectures performances. Our content emphases are energy-efficient building and participation processes. Our building tasks are ranged from kindergartens over residential buildings to nursing facilities. Added to this comes the establishment of the platform schulUMbau, the commitment and compose of a children’s book on the subject of passive house as well as investigation of antique structures.

Since 2009 we are working as a pioneer company on the development of Economy for the common good. Value-centered, economic dealing is the mainspring of that. That gives us the opportunity of implementation of ecological and social sustainable concepts – the construct for beneficial future.

Our last project which we realized with the OeAD-housing were the dormitories Greenhouse in Vienna and mineroom in Leoben, both are certificated as Passivhaus Plus by the Passivhaus Institute Darmstadt.  

About Austrotherm

Austrotherm is the specialist for premium quality and future-oriented thermal-insulating products in Central- and Eastern-Europe. As a producer of EPS- and XPS-insulating materials, resol regid foarm, facade elements and interior-sanitary-construction products (panels) with continuing attention to quality- and innovation policy.

The company was founded in 1953 by Oswald Nowotny, who was the first producer of thermal insulation in Austria. The Austrotherm-group consists of companies in 11 countries with 19 production sites and belongs, along with Baumit (facade, plasters, screeds) and Murexin (construction chemistry), to Schmid-Industrie-Holding, an Austrian family owned company. In all areas Austrotherm offers the optimal insulation solution for green buildings, e.g. passive houses: from the cellar to the roof.


aspern Die Seestadt Wiens is one of Europe’s biggest urban development projects. It is firmly rooted in the tradition-steeped metropolis Vienna and yet grows far ahead into the future. As an urban, vibrant centre, it will add to the high quality of life typical of the Austrian capital. aspern Seestadt is a sustainable development, and the ideal location for enterprises looking to co-shape the new urban hub. The primary target group includes companies active in sustainable industries such as e.g. healthcare, sports and fitness, medicine and wellness, green technologies, the leisure sector and outdoor tourism, as well as life sciences and the ecological and organic sectors.



Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG) is a Group primarily specialised in renting and building real estate. The focus is on the real estate segments relevant to society – Schools, Universities and Special Properties. Offices and Residential Property are managed by the subsidiary ARE Austrian Real Estate. A priority for BIG is providing comprehensive consulting services for customers and accompanying a property throughout its entire lifecycle. Services range from project conception to design and construction right through management, sales and letting. Continuous growth, long-term value creation and the sustainable management of the portfolio are the factors behind the Company’s success.


The BIG portfolio consists of 2,089 properties with around 7.2 million m² rentable space, Representing a value of EUR 11.3bn; 98.5% of the rentable space is let. The Schools segment accounts for the largest share of around 40%, followed by Universities and Offices and Residential Property.

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Ennstal Group is a non-profit housing company established in 1947, consisting of parent company SG Ennstal in Liezen (Styria), ENW in Graz (Styria), Gewog Ranshofen (Upper austria), Vorstäditsche Kleinsiedlung Klagenfurt (Carinthia), Kärntner Friedenswerk in Klagenfurt (Carinthia) and SG Elin in Weiz (Styria).

Members of Ennstal Group are public utility companies which specialise in property management and social-housing with accounting, maintenance, technical services,… etc. for approximatly 30.000 apartments.

Ennstal Group companies carry out property development for state-subsidized housing and refurbishing including planning and financing (invest up to 500 new apartments per year) and also for public buildings (event halls, city halls,…) and social facilities (residential care homes, nursing homes,…).

Ennstal Group focuses on innovative multi storey apartment buildings and some members are Partner of the Austrian Climate Initiative „klimaaktiv“ for sustainability and use of renewable energies in multi-storey-apartment-buildings. Many Projects of Ennstal Group got awards for architecture and sustainability and members participate in research and development projects (timber construction, renewable energies,…).

The Headquarter of the Ennstal Group is in Styria, and its address is Siedlungsstrasse 2 in Liezen. The Ennstal Group employs approximately 180 persons.


Danube Rectors`Conference (DRC): The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts.

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM): IDM is an extramural research institution based on an association – constituted by individual and corporate members.As a gateway and a facilitator institution, the IDM makes an important contribution to cooperation in the fields of research, culture, politics, economics and administration. At the same time, the IDM sees itself as a clearinghouse for concerns of the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe, supporting the work of embassies, trade missions, cultural institutes and national tourist offices of the countries of the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe in Austria, as well as the work of Austrian missions to these countries.



MIGRA Gemeinnützige Wohnungsges.m.b.H. was founded in 1951 and has been based in Vienna since 1984. The focus of MIGRA lies on the construction of subsidized flats and subsidized furnished dormitory apartments in Vienna. With the creation of affordable housing, MIGRA is making an important contribution to keep rents in the growing federal capital of Vienna affordable in the future. With great commitment MIGRA is pursuing the construction of flats and dormitory apartments, providing people in Vienna with inexpensive living that offers high quality at the same time.

In addition to affordable living space, MIGRA is committed to ecological and sustainable construction and regularly builds pioneering residential projects. The residential home in Molkereistrasse recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. At the time of its completion, it was the largest passive house in Europe. In the Seestadt Aspern the two projects "Seestern" and "Vierplus" were awarded by the “Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen” (ÖGNB) and klimaaktiv.

The MIGRA will continue to keep its focus on the ecological, economic and sustainable development of Vienna.


PORR. Success through intelligent growth.  With currently more than 16,000 staff members and production output of around EUR 3.9bn (as of year-end 2016), PORR is one of the largest Austrian construction companies and one of Europe’s leading infrastructure specialists. As a full service provider, it covers every aspect of the modern construction industry – from building construction through to complex projects in railway and bridge construction, tunnelling and road construction.

Intelligent building creates connections. The Group generates more than 87% of its production output on the five stable home markets of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic. In terms of projects, the Group additionally works in selected countries in the CEE/SEE region, in Scandinavia, the UK and Qatar. PORR concentrates on its core competencies in infrastructure on these project markets. PORR AG is the oldest Austrian listed company and has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1869; today it is listed on the prime market.

Intelligent construction means embracing responsibility. As an international construction company, we build for generations and shape the world we live in – by and for people. A sustainable business approach is a key part of our responsibility towards society, at the same time as being the foundation of our success. Recognising value, preserving value and adding value – these are the three pillars on which CSR is based here at PORR.


S IMMO AG is a Vienna based real estate investment company. It invests exclusively in the European Union with a focus on capital cities in Austria, Germany and CEE. The majority of its portfolio consists of offices, shopping centres and hotels. The remainder comprises residential properties. Regarding the CSR engagement, the company focuses especially on high property standards which is underscored by several green building certificates. Additionally, S IMMO provides long-term support for some carefully selected student projects and social organisations.


Create living places and improve daily life: Saint-Gobain is present in 68 countries with more than 170 000 employees. The Group mobilizes its companies’ expertise and provides a range of solutions for buildings that are comfortable, more energy efficient and more pleasant to live every day. Its high-performance materials are also found on industrial and consumer markets, such as the automotive, aeronautical, health and energy industries.

Multi-Comfort in buildings: a new way of living: This concept is based on five types of comfort while also aiming to minimize environmental impact. 
- Thermal comfort and energy performance: to enjoy a pleasant temperature year-round while minimizing energy consumption
- Health comfort: to improve interior air Quality.
- Acoustic comfort: to reduce interior and exterior noise Problems
 - Visual comfort: to benefit from natural lighting for habitat that is pleasant to live in and aesthetically pleasing
 - Modular comfort and safety: to facilitate accessibility, and to encourage the creation of modular and safe spaces.

This concept makes it possible that high-performance buildings can also be beautiful, comfortable, sustainable and economical for their occupants.

Swietelsky – Building on ideas - Dipl. Ing. Hellmuth Swietelsky founded the company in 1936. SWIETELSKY is today among the foremost companies in the Austrian construction industry. From the road and railroad construction through the special low-rise construction to building construction projects, an average of around 9,000 employees share the philosophy of SWIETELSKY. The activities of SWIETELSKY cover all aspects of construction work.

Swietelsky draws on profound technical kow-how - In the complex field of civil engineering, SWIETELSKY ensures the best possible use of space and the environment with the latest technology. Both below ground and in mountainous areas, we use our cross-sector knowledge to produce innovative, economic and ecological solutions.

Swietelsky builds with vision - Solid foundations are a crucial element for realizing construction projects of all scales. Reliability, absolute professionalism and economic resilience are attributes that customers value in the work of SWIETELSKY and on which we have been building for years.

Swietelsky puts infrastructure on rails - As a specialist in railway construction, SWIETELSKY realizes the infrastructure of modern railway and civil engineering projects in Europe and Australia with its wealth of experience, its own rail transportation company and the latest equipment.

Swietelsky builds on cohesive knowledge - SWIETELSKY expertly plans and converts public areas and meets the demanding list of requirements in road and air traffic.

Swietelsky understands building projects - SWIETELSKY is a specialist in all types of civil engineering projects. Thanks to many years‘ experience implementing projects, we bring efficient solutions to fruition in all areas of tunnel construction and where needed ensure the restoration of plant functionality.

Swietelsky acts responsibly - SWIETELSKY implements conservation, recycling and waste management concepts across all project phases to ensure the use of ecologically-compatible methods and environmentally-friendly equipment. We strive to ensure a continuously growing awareness of the environment and quality on the part of our employees. We regard their independent thinking and acting as the key to success. Maintaining their performance, motivation and health is the goal we set ourselves in all decisions.


As leading alternative telecommunication provider in Austria, UPC Business offers Highspeed-Internet, Phone, TV & Mobile-Services for companies of all sizes. With the broad experience of our employees, we are able to find the optimal communication solution for every enterprise, so that our customers can focus on what matters to them the most: their Business

About Pürk GmbH

We plan and support the developers, operators and providers in the realization of their projects. This covers the entire range of technology for renewable energy, modern IP telephony, computer systems, network,  guests Internet and the entire range of SmartHome Technology. We place great emphasis on the fact that our customers receive the best and most economical technology at a low cost, not only during construction but also in operation.

For over six decades, people's needs have been the yardstick against which we have measured all our actions. After all, it is for their activities, their wishes and their dreams that we want to provide spaces. It makes us particularly proud that we have been able to set important milestones in construction for the not-for-profit and subsidised housing markets, by building not only over 8500 homes but also kindergartens, schools, student residences and inclusive living projects.



About the Vienna Business Agency

The Vienna Business Agency is the first point of contact for national and international companies. It offers financial support, real estate and urban development incentives as well as free service and advice. The objective is to strengthen Viennese companies and their innovative force. As a result, the business location is sustainably developed and strengthened in international competition.

Technology services

Whether established company or startup, The Vienna Business Agency helps entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas into reality. Based on the strengths of Viennas industry it focuses on four specific areas: life sciences, urban technologies, creative industries and ICT. Businesses working on green building technologies for example, will find support for meeting new development partners and obtaining new opportunities to promote their products and know-how.

Real estate development

As a project developer the Vienna Business Agency values energy efficiency and sustainability as important factor in real estate development. ENERGYbase was the first business property built to the passive house standard and certified as “green bulding”. In “aspern Vienna’s Urban Lakeside”, the Technology Centre Seestadt was constructed as the first energy-plus commercial building. FUTURebase, the newest project of the Vienna Business Agency, will include high-end building and energy technology while balancing economic efficiency.


About Dipl. Ing. Günter Schlagowski

Günter Schlagowski from Bremen and his institute in Dansk have been campaigning with pleasure for decades to achieve "a higher level of indoor comfort with less energy - and to meet the remaining energy requirements with regional renewable energy sources". The sun and wind are everywhere. More is not necessary.

Winkhaus has earned the confidence of customers with innovative products and competent service for over 160 years. Window manufacturers and vendors, architects, builders and users worldwide value the diversified services and the high quality of the intelligent window technology, door locking systems and access management of Winkhaus. Our long-established family company is located in Telgte, Münster and Meiningen, among other places, and operates international subsidiaries in eight countries. 

The family-owned company founded in 1854 has grown into a leading provider of high-quality window and door technology over the past 160 years thanks to its extraordinary power of innovation.

The University of Wuppertal is research-oriented and offers a wide range of subjects, including disciplines and courses such as safety engineering and industrial design that are offered by no other university in Germany.

Interdisciplinarity, team spirit and a capacity for innovation all characterise our teaching and research. The BUW's numerous successes are reflected for example by its high rankings. Good support facilities and a wide range of services and funding opportunities for students and researchers make the BUW stand out from the crowd and attract large numbers of students.

The BUW is a university at the heart of Europe. It is part of an international network consisting of more than 220 partner universities worldwide. Regional cooperation is particularly strong in Asia, Latin America and the USA. These international partnerships not only foster student and teacher exchange, but also facilitate joint research projects at professorship and school level. The BUW is a popular destination for international students, with more than 110 countries represented here.

For all its international profile and connections, the university is firmly rooted in the region. As a result of its active knowledge transfer and intensive cooperation with numerous societal and business partners, it has developed an outstanding regional network from which graduates, scientists, innovators and start-ups can all benefit.

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper globally. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Our materials are renewable, reusable and recyclable, and form the building blocks for a range of innovative solutions that can help replace products based on fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries.

We make every effort to use 100% of a tree for our products as well as for producing bioenergy. In production, we are pushing towards carbon neutrality as much as it is technically and commercially feasible. We practice and promote sustainable forestry, and work to ensure that more trees are planted than are harvested.

Stora Enso’s Wood Products division provides versatile wood-based solutions for building and housing. The product range covers all areas of urban construction including massive wood elements, wood components and pellets. We offer a variety of sawn timber goods. Our customers are mainly construction and joinery companies, merchandisers and retailers. Wood Products operates globally and has more than 20 production units in Europe.

We are convinced that renewable materials have an important role in meeting societal challenges around the world. Growing population and urbanisation are amongst the challenges we need to tackle in the future. For sustainable solutions we need wood, the truly renewable material.




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Lebensart VerlagsGmbH is a private publisher of sustainable information. Launched in 2005, ‘Lebensart’ is now the largest sustainability magazine in Austria with a circulation of 60,000 copies, seven times a year. In 2012 the company launched a second magazine – BUSINESSART – dealing with CSR and sustainable economy.