The building sector is responsible for approximately 40% of all of the energy demand. An estimated 50% of the world‘s population live in cities. In Germany, approximately three-quarters of the population live in cities or their suburbs. The EU Carbon Roadmap states that in comparison to 1990, the CO2 emissions of the building sector should be reduced by 90% by 2050. This will have significant effects on our environment, and the architecture of buildings and cities will change dramatically. The requirements for energy efficiency and comfort cannot be solved by technology alone. Passive design strategies balanced with active ones must be hybridized to a well-orchestrated system. The goal is that architecture and technology become a synergetic unit. The design of a sailing ship is analogous to synergetic principles for building design. Due to its shape and lines, the sailing ship is driven by wind to glide, without the use of fossil fuels. The philosophy of ClimaDesign is analogous to this system. The aim is to develop buildings that offer maximum comfort while minimizing the use of energy and technical systems. Building efficiency and user comfort are connected with architecture. It is necessary to approach building design holistically. In the current environment a variety of potentials and synergies can be found. A holistic approach to design, however, requires expansion of the focus from the individual buildings on the district to the level of the urban context. It is important that architects and engineers are prepared for the coming challenges in architecture. A large perspective of the requirements for the built environment reveals the need for interdisciplinary teams which operate in an integrated design process. This is the central aspect of the ClimaDesign education. Less is Future!
Students acquire a multidisciplinary qualification in the field of energy-efficient building design.