Nachhaltige Gebäudesysteme - "Energiewende für Gebäude"

The global climate change poses increasingly severe risks for ecosystems, human health, and the economy. As one of the main energy-consuming sectors, buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of total carbon dioxide emissions and over 30% of global final energy consumption. Moreover, the transition to carbon-neutral buildings in a secure energy system faces economic and technical challenges related to the availability and sustainability of renewable energy sources, building energy efficiency, and energy storage performance.

This course addresses the most recent solutions to mitigate the ongoing changes in climate through a synergy of buildings, renewable energy sources, and energy systems. We will begin with the drivers and motivations for transitioning to low-carbon buildings, followed by the importance of energy efficiency in buildings and the most recent efforts to improve it. In the further step, we will elaborate on the scientific, economic, and technological aspects of the transition to carbon-neutral buildings in interaction with energy systems. Then, we emphasize energy storage technologies, including electric and heat storage at building and network levels. Finally, economic analysis of energy transition is discussed at building, societal, and building stock levels.

This course consists of reviewing, interpreting, and discussing research results, practice, and political policies. It will include one joint workshop session together with students at department of electrical energy storage systems, in which the participants meet for a 4.5-hours. The aim of the workshop is the integration of strategies at building level and power system level. As preparation of the workshop, topic-related sources are presented and discussed in the group on a weekly basis. At the end of the course, each student writes a report summarizing strategies and arguing in favor of one or two strategies.

Upon completion of the course, the student shall have knowledge of a variety of possible actions in buildings to reduce climate change and environmental impact, as well as the ability to judge building energy solutions in the context of socioeconomic and technological contexts and systems.


  • Energy transition worldwide and the role of the building sector
  • System-aligned energy efficiency strategies for buildings
  • Passive buildings and active buildings
  • Net-zero energy buildings
  • Energy storage technologies
  • The role of heat pumps and seasonal energy storage in buildings
    • Economic and societal aspects of building energy transition

Die Lehrveranstaltung findet in Englisch als Unterrichtssprache statt. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Geyer  | Seyed Azad Nabavi