The “Building for Climate Change” research and development area is part of BTU’s “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability” research profile area, and is linked to the “Architectural and Structural Engineering and Design” and “Smart Regions” research areas. The issues in ecological energy and toxicological construction research and resource efficiency are combined within the research area, including research on climate-adapted construction, contextual construction and energy-saving construction methods linked to innovative system concepts in buildings.
Interdisciplinary research projects in this area cover the whole range of sustainable urban development in terms of ecologically, economically and socially acceptable urban development. Research projects on transformation processes in the field of technical infrastructure are linked to the budget for energy, water and nature in cities and regions, to energy supply plans for city districts and rural regions, to mobility and innovative transport ideas, to the recycling economy, to climate adaptation for cities and regions and to further development of the resource efficiency of floating buildings, for example (the Institute for Floating Architecture Design and Construction). The Autartec joint project should be mentioned at this point; as part of the project, the structural components for the self-sufficient energy supply of buildings and settlements are being developed. In addition to the subject areas of Building Physics and Energy Management from Faculty 6, another subject area (Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Energy Systems) from Faculty 3 is involved in the project alongside various external partners, including the Fraunhofer Institutes for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (IVI) and Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS).
Another area of research includes Optimisation of Building Materials and Components for Resource and Energy Conservation (including the durability of building materials and bonding materials) and research topics in building research focused on construction, manufacture and management processes. This involves, amongst other things, innovative, energy-efficient and cost-cutting construction technologies such as composite construction, prefabrication technologies, multi-material structural design of buildings and industrial facilities using light materials and innovative composite structures. The subject areas involved work in various research networks with partners from science and industry, in networks such as REDUMAD, which is a coalition for “CO2-reduction material design” or, MICROMIN, a research network for micro minerals, or in R&D projects developing innovative building materials in the collaborative network set up as part of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) to develop new building materials (CAFISTA). The research area allows for close collaboration with SMEs and regional partners in particular.
The laboratories in Building Physics, Air Conditioning, Heating Technology, Building Chemistry, Fire Protection, Construction Engineering and Hydraulic Engineering, and the Research and Materials Testing Institute (FMPA), are available to support both basic and applied research in the current research areas with modern, well-equipped laboratories and technological and construction design facilities.