Energy Design Strategies

Bernhard Sommer
Architecture, Energy Design
2019S, Seminar (SE), 2.0 semester hours, course number S01988



The impact of environmental and ecological parameters becomes increasingly formative in architectural design. To give architects a head start within this discourse, this course aims to develope design strategies that integrate architectural sciences, such as buliding physics and ecological engineering, into the design process.

Energy Design Strategies:

Energy Design is seen as a design strategy, which allows to develope systems to balance the energy consumption and the energy production of buildings. Beyond that, in this course, energy shall not only be discussed as an economic and physical quantity, but in the context of perceptual qualities, e.g. also acoustic qualities. Energy design strategies explores energy-related environmental qualities as an intrinsic part of the architectural experience.


Parametric methodes and software for building performance evaluation are combined to pursue a design research in performance-driven architecture. Controlled and efficient performance may rely on a set of date, measured by sensors.


This year we will focus on monitoring and data visualisation. We have been invited by th earchitecture office the next ENTERprise to collaborate on an exhibition design for the AzW: Critical Care - Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet. Our task is to monitor weather and climate data throughout the exhibition and work on the visualisation and interpretation of the measured data. As the exhibiton openeing is on April 25th, the main work of the seminar should be done, by then.

Examination Modalities

Based on an individual research agenda, students develope a specific attitude towards the creation of awareness for climate data and the ongoing changes of the physical environment. A virtual model of the exhibition space shall be the starting point of an "awareness modell". The virtual modells or their graphically interpretated data set will be imlemented in the exhibition design. For formally and successfully completing the semester task a small documentary has to be presented at the end of the semester.

Key Words

energy design, architecture, environmental design, sustainability, ecology


07 March 2019, 10:00–12:00 Energy Design Office Room 113
14 March 2019, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 10 , "Arduino & Sensor workshop - starts at 9:00!"
21 March 2019, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 10 , "starts at 9:00!"
28 March 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 10
04 April 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 10
11 April 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 10
06 June 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 10
27 June 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 10

Course Enrolment

From 01 March 2019, 16:00 to 24 March 2019, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible (3.0 ECTS)

Architecture (Master): Supplementary Subjects (3.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (3.0 ECTS)