"Energy in Buildings and Districts" accompanying research

A team led by Professor Dirk Müller from RWTH Aachen University is analysing the many technology-based research and pilot projects in the "Energy in buildings and districts" research area and is preparing the results and findings across projects and in a methodically secure manner. A large, scientific database is therefore being used to develop answers to very concrete and practical issues relating to energy-optimised buildings, energy-efficient districts as well as heating and cooling networks.

The researchers from five institutions are focussing on providing systematic quality assurance in the research. Together with all the stakeholders, they want to explore how successful research approaches can be translated more quickly into practice. In addition to purely technical and economic aspects, they also want to analyse the underlying socio-economic conditions. This is because a project's success, the transferability of the findings and their broad impact are not solely determined by the technology or the tools used.

Together with the researchers in the numerous projects, the accompanying research is aiming to identify and assess important findings, promote knowledge and the sharing of findings as well as identify synergies and important trends in research and technology.


The accompanying research is focussing on four main tasks: First of all, based on projects and discussions, it is intended to identify research issues relating to building energy technology. In addition, there will also be a data-based trend analysis, which will provide the basis for evaluating current technical developments and their possible potential: What is already being intensely developed and researched? Which issues will be important in the future? The answers to these will identify both trends and the technologies required in the future building sector.

How can individual solutions be combined to form an efficient overall system? What can we learn from the sum of all the projects? A systematic, inter-project analysis of all the research topics aims to answer these questions. In addition, a revised reporting system aims to ensure greater transparency and more widespread replication of the research results.


Team management / Focus on systems technology

Prof. Dirk Müller
RWTH Aachen University, Lehrstuhl für Gebäude- und Raumklimatechnik E.ON ERC EBC
Tel. + 49 241 80 49760, dmueller(at)

Project management / Focus on processes and socio-economic factors

Tanja Osterhage
RWTH Aachen University, Lehrstuhl für Gebäude- und Raumklimatechnik E.ON ERC EBC
Tel. + 49 241 80 49783, tosterhage(at)

Information management and communication

Katrin Ansorge
RWTH Aachen University, Lehrstuhl für Gebäude- und Raumklimatechnik E.ON ERC EBC
Tel. + 49 241 80 49797, kansorge(at)

Focus on cities and city districts

Carsten Beier
Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT
Tel. +49 208 8598 1416, carsten.beier(at)

Focus on networks and decentralised energy systems

Dr. Peter Bretschneider
Fraunhofer-Institutsteil Angewandte Systemtechnik IOSB-AST
Tel. +49 3677 461 102, peter.bretschneider(at)

Focus on buildings, technology and balancing

Hans Erhorn
Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik IBP
Tel. +49 711 970 3380, hans.erhorn(at)

Focus on tools and data models

Prof. Christoph van Treeck
RWTH Aachen University, Lehrstuhl für Energieeffizientes Bauen E3D
Tel. + 49 241 80 25030, treeck(at)

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