Plus-Energy-Campus - Energy-flexible Positive Energy District with "Living Lab"

The project explores paths to a sustainable, future-proof Positive Energy-District (PED) in the area surrounding the location of the University of Applied Sciences Vienna (FH-Technikum Wien). The feasibility of a new university building as a Plus-Energy teaching building will be examined in detail to prepare its implementation. Central innovation contents are the energetic flexibilization of the new building and the quarter as well as the conception of the Plus-Energy building as a "Living Lab".

Short Description



Starting point / motivation

The University of Applied Sciences Vienna (FH Technikum Wien) is planning the extension by a Positive-Energy demonstration building ("Plus-Base") in close proximity to the existing location at Hochstädtplatz. The planned construction project ("Plus-Base", an office building and a dormitory) is to be integrated into the quarter with residential, commercial and university buildings.

The exploratory quarter is located in the 20th district of Vienna in an area that is designated in the urban development plan of the City of Vienna as an "area with development potential for living and working" and as a "priority zone for the future addition of city functions".

Contents and goals

The exploratory project "Plus-Energy-Campus" examines possible developments of the Quarter at Höchstädtplatz around the location of the FH Technikum Wien towards a mixed-used Positive-Energy-District (PED). 

The aim of the project is to create a practical basis for decision-making on the feasibility of the Plus-Energy-Campus building, taking into account possible developments of the neighbourhood as a "Plus-Energy-Campus", in order to increase the chances of its implementation.

  • Exploration of an energy flexible Plus-Energy building "Plus-Base "
    Extension of the FH Technikum Wien with a new building as a plus-energy demonstration building.
  • Exploration of this new university building as "Living Lab"
    The innovative components of the new building are to be used as a so-called "living lab" in teaching and research. In addition, other educational institutions and the City of Vienna Energy Planning are to be closely integrated into the "Living lab".
  • Exploration of development paths to a "Plus-Energy-Campus" at the site
    Through the socio-scientific accompaniment of all affected stakeholders, obstacles are to be recognised and overcome at an early stage and a development path for the entire neighbourhood is to be shown.


Plus-Energy building concept „Plus-Base"

  • architectural design
  • static and dynamic building simulation
  • PV simulation
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Life cycle costs (LCC)
  • SWOT analysis
  • co-creation and workshops

Development concept „Living Lab"

  • Literature research
  • use case analysis
  • expert interviews
  • stakeholder workshops
  • Expert workshop on "Living Lab" didactics and gender-sensitive topics

Neighbourhood concepts „Plus-Energy-Campus"

  • Desk research
  • guideline interviews
  • co-creation workshops
  • dynamic neighbourhood simulation
  • LCC
  • LCA
  • neighbourhood evaluation method Smart City μicroQuartier

Quality assurance and dissemination

  • Guided interviews
  • project workshops
  • dissemination of results through various media and activities
  • scientific publication

Expected results

Plus-Energy building concept „Plus-Base"

Energy-flexible, practical plus-energy building concepts including SWOT analysis, economic and ecological evaluation as a basis for decisions on the further realisation of the building project and its accompanying research is on hand.

Development concept „Living Lab"

A concept for the active integration of the Plus-Energy infrastructure in teaching and research as well as the formulation of the requirements and possibilities of a Living Lab is on hand.

Neighbourhood concepts „Plus-Energy-Campus"

Stakeholder Involvement Design for the long-term involvement of all user groups on the "PlusEnergy-Campus" is developed within the framework of several participation formats; Development scenarios for the "Plus-Energy-Campus" quarter including energy-flexible energy and mobility concepts as well as possible business models have been drawn up and their economic and ecological savings potential and strengths and weaknesses have been holistically recorded.

Project Partners

Project management

Fachhochschule Technikum Wien

Project or cooperation partners

  • IBO – Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH
  • POS architekten ZT GmbH
  • Teamgmi Ingenieurbüro GmbH
  • SOMMERAUER Projektmanagement GmbH

Contact Address

Kurt Leonhartsberger
Hochstädtplatz 6
1200 Wien
Tel.: +43 (664) 619 25 86