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EnOB: Research for energy-optimised building

"Buildings of the future" is the guiding concept behind EnOB – research for energy-optimised building. The research projects sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology involve buildings that have minimal primary energy requirements and high occupant comfort, with moderate investment costs and significantly reduced operating costs.

This requires sophisticated building concepts and innovative technologies. For this reason, EnOB places an emphasis on research and development in construction engineering and technical building equipment, such as low-exergy systems, building elements with vacuum insulation, or innovative glazing and facade systems. A second focus is on scientifically evaluating energy-optimised buildings. Therefore factors determining success and performance-related criteria are identified for designers, manufacturers and operators of buildings. Learn more about the various areas on which EnOB research is focussing, and about the testing of new concepts, technologies and materials in model projects.

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Software analyses lifecycle costs

Calculating the lifecycle costs for buildings or system technology can help to achieve an economic balance between the initial construction and subsequent usage costs. The method is particularly interesting for the early design phases, where many decisions have a significant impact on the energy consumption and further utilisation costs.

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Grid-interactive buildings adapt

Buildings with electricity-based technologies for heating and cooling will contribute to relieving the electricity system, reducing the demand for electrical storages and energy conversion processes by shifting the electricity consumption for heating and cooling temporarily, using technical storages and the mass of the building to store the energy as heat or cold.

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Net zero-energy buildings & co

Net zero-energy buildings and energy-plus buildings demonstrate just what is possible. With these buildings, a neutral annual energy balance can be achieved by integrating architecture, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in a systematic manner. Projects, concepts, methods and an international survey are shown here ...

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Sensor position affects energy requirements

How does the sensor arrangement affect the energy requirements of heating and air-conditioning systems? And how can this impact be quantified under differing usage conditions? In this research project, these questions are answered on the basis of coupled system and flow simulations in conjunction with experiments carried out in a climate chamber.

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