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Numerous factors contribute towards the concept and planning of administrative buildings. Design, functional and economic aspects interact with energy and room climate factors. This IGSSE-project aims at developing a holistic planning strategy for architects and engineers for the construction of commercial buildings under different climatic conditions. In particular, these planning aids are intended for the application at early conceptual development stages and shall form a decision basis for the further planning process. In the absence of detailed planning data tools are essential that act as a guideline for predicting the indoor climate and the energy efficiency of a building by pointing out influences and inter-relationships between individual design variables.

One core aim of this project is to combine the experience and expertise of architects in building design and user requirements and engineers in technical aspects, modeling and simulation. Therefore the research group for this IGSSE project consists of architects and engineers.

In the context of this project, the facade plays a key role in these considerations, since the window area, solar protection measures and the choice of materials exert a significant influence on the room climate. The interactions between the ambient climate, site specific conditions, the energy concept and the room climate shall become visible in the sense of a case-dependent sensitivity analysis. The available technical solutions for reducing the energy consumption and for using renewable energy need to be closely aligned with the application profile.

There are various technical solutions available for reducing energy consumption (e.g. thermal insulation, condensing boilers, combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP), energy management systems in buildings) and for using renewable energy (e.g. solar thermal technology, photovoltaic, ground source heat pumps (GSHP)). These need to be closely aligned to the application profile. It is particularly important to achieve a holistic cost and energy balance for the entire life cycle, i.e. including the energy required for the construction and maintenance of the plant.

When it comes to calculation and simulation techniques to be employed during the project, multi-scale/multi-level problems have to be taken into account. Besides stationary balancing and zonal dynamic simulation methods, processes involving numerical fluid mechanics and models for analyzing human comfort criteria are also used for the holistic assessment of utilization and energy concepts. Heating and cooling plant component models are being developed to enable sizing as a result of optimization. In addition, computer science supplies the methods and data structures required for the parameter studies and for coupling to numerical simulation processes.

IGSSE setup of interdisciplinary research in project teams

Apply now: 12th call for proposals

IGSSE supports up to 10 new project teams

Call closes 2 July 2017


Apply now: IGSSE travel grant for ICCE 2017

28-29 September 2017, TU Darmstadt

Submission deadline for abstracts: 18 June 2017


IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen


Climate-KIC: Join the PhD Catapult

Two-week thematic summer schools across Europe


IAS Symposium: Selected topics in science and technology

8-10 May 2017, IAS Building, Garching Campus


IAS Coffee Talk with PTL Florian Praetorius

3 May 2017, 1 pm, TUM IAS Building, Garching Campus


10th IGSSE Forum

1 - 4 June 2016, TUM Science and Study Center, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...


Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Friday, 09. June 2017
Workshop: Standing up for science
9 June 2017, 9am-4pm, Brussels
Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium
9-11 June 2017, Berlin For doctoral researchers and postdocs!