Project focus Taking certain Viennese office buildings as concise examples, the project aims at establishing a re-search routine for the investigation of climate change’s impact upon thermal comfort in both existing and to-be-built offices. Special emphasis is put on users’ behaviour and options of influencing it positively (in the sense of increased energy efficiency). Fields of research This project covers new fields of research and fills gaps: ? impacts of climate change on the thermal performance of office blocks are investigated by means of thermal simulation and thermal comfort for users is thus evaluated. Herein, also ef-fects of local microclimate are considered; already today, these effects can even surpass those to be expected due to climate change. This may well lead to the failing of nocturnal ventilation strategies which might had been proven suitable in thermal simulations. This is especially true for plus energy houses which do not reign sufficient reserves to puffer demand exciding predicted levels. ? Users’ influence on buildings’ thermal performance is often underestimated. Therefore, this project intends to give an estimation on climate induced changes of users’ behaviour. ? Thereby, the project provides indispensable fundamentals for the evolvement of adaptation strategies for buildings to the impacts of climate change which will have to be implemented by both real estate economy and politics.


Duration 01/11/2009 - 30/04/2011
Funding FFG
Program Haus der Zukunft plus

Department for Building and Environment

Center for Climate Engineering

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Tania Berger


Büros im Klimawandel Auswirkungen der Globalen Erwärmung auf den thermischen Komfort und den Energiebedarf in urbanen Bürogebäuden

CSC (climate service centre) Seminar, Hamburg, 22/03/2011

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