Ecological Passive houses

Discussion of transfer of know how for ecological passivehouses, networking (national and international)

Content Description




Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Darmstädter Passivehouse institute initiated the idea of high efficient use of energy for a building system called passivehouse. Austria has research efforts through the "Vorarlberger Energieinstitut" (Prof. DI. Helmut Krapmeier) on this topic, too.

Austria also has several years of experience in all topics of healthy and ecological building through the works of the Austrian Institute for Baubiologie and Bauökologie (IBO). This institute inspired the founding of the Center of Architecture, Construction and Environment at the Danube University Krems 1995.

Within this project experts of the building and construction area should seek for synergies or also ways of co-existence of both present viewpoints and discuss them within a symposium. The concept and the performance of this symposium and also the evaluation of the discussions will be done in a permanent process of co-ordination among the Center and the IBO. Within this process all facts that enable or hinder shall be presented by proceedings. These proceedings shall be available for architects and the building and construction industry in german speeking countries.

The following topics will be discussed:

Topic 1: Criteria of evaluation and possible methods for ecological passivehouses

Topic 2: Ecological details

Topic 3: Lifecycle costs of constructive details of passivehouse buildings

Topic 4: Share of the market and customer needs for ecological passivehouses

Topic 5: Strategies for economic and politic action

Topic 6: Discussion of transfer of know how for ecological passivehouses, networking (national and international)

Project Partners

Projectleader: Mag. Gerhard Schuster
Leiter des Zentrums für Bauen und Umwelt, Donau-Universität Krems

DI.Dr. Bernhard Lipp
Geschäftsführer des Österreichischen Institute für Baubiologie und -ökologie


Mag. Gerhard Schuster
Department für Bauen und Umwelt
Donau-Universität Krems
Dr. Karl Dorrekstraße 30
A 3500 Krems
Tel.: +43 2732 893-2650