Integration of energy relevant aspects in architecture competitions
The project tendsed to integrate aspects of efficiency in the use of energy and sustainability into architectural competitions in Austria without redefining the existing practice.
FFG, Klima- und Energiefonds
- Institut für Wärmetechnik, Technische Universität Graz
- Department für Bautechnik und Naturgefahren, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
The most important phases for implementing energy-relevant aspects in the planning stage of buildings are the project development phase and the architectural competition. In those phases of the planning stage all decisions that have to be made are major steering mechanisms to create sustainable buildings with a high level of efficiency in their use of energy. Practice shows that there are no suitable instruments in those planning stages to provide such sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. Due to this lack of criteria to rate energetic aspects in architectural competitions in Austria the efforts to involve the subjects of energy and sustainability are not yet successful.
The project tendsed to integrate aspects of efficiency in the use of energy and sustainability into architectural competitions in Austria without redefining the existing practice. The project was based on two main parts: On the one hand results and instruments of the running programme “building of tomorrow” and similar activities of the Austrian provinces were used and extended. On the other hand additional strategies that consider the latest developments in national and international regulations (EPBD etc.) as well as the evaluation of the suitability in building practice were formulated.
To enable the implementation of those instruments in the best way, the following organisations were involved: federal chamber of architects and engineering consultants, Landesbaudirektion Steiermark, Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltenges. MbH (KAGes), Wohnraumverwaltung des Österreichischen Austauschdienstes – ÖAD, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG), cooperative housing society (GBV), interested property developers and architects, experts in project development, architectural competitions, public procurement law, etc.
The implementation of three architectural competitions with some of the above mentioned actors enabled evaluation and adaptation of the developed tools. The most important results and findings are available as a practical guideline which is supported by key-players and stakeholders. This common preparation of the results allows diffusion on a high level. Therefore the project enables an important step to implement energy-efficient and sustainable aspects in the building structure of Austria.