Climate Responsive Architecture and Planning


To learn that living in accordance with our environment sets us limits in regard to the use of materials and energy and claims for a sustainable kind of life style.
In detail we deal with the primary energy use of office buildings at different locations around the world and how to cover it with renewables. The energy demand for heating, cooling, artificial light and mechanical ventilation is determined. What kind of renewables are available to cover it? Which limits are set here, can we continue with fully glazed buildings of „International Style“ or what kind of building is necessary?
We learn how to develop and optimize our building by the study of local specialties, best practice buildings, vernacular architecture and we use thermal building simulation as a tool.


Term paper anda sequence of short oral presentations and printed summaries.