Research initiative EnOB

The objectives are ambitious: in the key research area "Energy-Optimised Construction" (EnOB), there is a resolve to reduce the primary energy requirement of new buildings to half of that entailed by current technology. At the same time, "zero energy buildings" are already being worked towards within these projects. And due to the fact that the greatest potential for energy savings resides in buildings' structural quality, there is a research focus on refurbishment. Alongside building concepts and energy concepts for new buildings and refurbishments, new materials, technologies and systems for construction engineering and for buildings' technical equipment are also being developed and tested in real operating conditions. Learn more about the projects, the methods, about who can participate, and about the makers and doers behind this research initiative ...

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EnBau refers to the research area "Energy-Optimised New Buildings" (the name EnBau is an abbreviation of the equivalent German term Energieoptimierter Neubau). Here, more than twenty office and administration buildings, as well as public and commercial buildings, all with minimal energy requirements, are being planned and built. The decisive factor, is that although the buildings are utilised in a completely normal manner, they are scientifically evaluated over extended occupation periods, and optimised while in operation. Thus, the possibilities and advantages of optimal planning with regard to primary energy are being assessed in real model projects. Learn more about objectives and projects ...

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EnSan represents the research area "Energy-Oriented Improvement of the Building Fabric" (the name EnSan is an abbreviation of the German term Energetische Sanierung or "energy-oriented refurbishment"). In conventional building refurbishment projects, a large proportion of the possible potential savings is ignored. In the research area EnSan, ambitious refurbishment concepts are to be tested in conjunction with innovative technologies. With reliable data from scientific evaluation of the first pilot applications, the basis for widespread market application of consistent and sustainable refurbishments is to be established. Learn more about objectives and projects ...

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EnBop stands for the research area ‘Energetische Betriebsoptimierung’ and focuses on performance potential through the optimisation of buildings in operation. At the centre of the research projects are the development and testing of methods, tools and service concepts to improve the operational management of buildings. A particular focus is on the long-term sustainability and economic feasibility of the optimisation, which are examined in terms of measures specific to the particular buildings. Learn more about objectives and projects ...

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LowEx stands for the research focus called "Low-Exergy Technologies". Here, various innovative systems for buildings, building services equipment, and energy supply are being developed, all with one thing in common: in heating and cooling, as well as in distribution of heat and cold within the space, they achieve the lowest possible differences in temperature to the room temperature. Renewable energy sources can also be used in this manner, e.g. the natural low temperature of the ground, or of ground water, can be used for cooling, and solar thermal energy for heating. Learn more about technologies and projects ...

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ViBau refers to the research area "Vacuum Insulation in the Building Trade" (the name ViBau is an abbreviation of the equivalent German term Vakuumisolation im Bauwesen). In comparison to conventional, non-evacuated insulation materials such as mineral fibres and glass fibres, or polystyrene and polyurethane foams, thermal conductivity in vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) is reduced by a factor of around 10. The research projects involve the development of highly impermeable envelope materials, the integration of VIPs in construction products for easier handling, the prefabrication of facade elements, quality assurance, and the development of vacuum glazings. Learn more about technologies and projects ...

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