Climate change and constantly rising outdoor temperatures provide new challenges for the developers and planners of sustainable and thermally controllable buildings. The main focus lies on the planning strategies to minimize the cooling requirements which should be considered even before the use of cooling methods and related additional energy expenses. To reduce the cooling requirements in new or renovated buildings, it is necessary to consider the interaction of design and planning decisions on the properties of cooling requirements within buildings. Therefore integrated planning processes and involvement of all project partners in the project are essential. The research group of the project smartKB* developed appropriate methods and recommendations for action on three levels: a) optimization and use of appropriate building structures, b) design strategies and passive measures for building concepts, c) reduction of the cooling requirements through integrated planning processes.


Duration 01/11/2013 - 31/10/2014
Funding FFG
Program Haus der Zukunft plus

Department for Building and Environment

Center for Real Estate and Facility Management

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Dipl.-Ing. Christina Ipser
Project members
Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Daniela Trauninger


Ipser, C.; Radinger, G.; Winkler, M.; Floegl, H.; Geissler, S. (2014). smartKB* - Reduktion des Kühlenergiebedarfs durch intelligente Stadt- und Gebäudeplanung. FH Pinkafeld, Tagungsband e-nova „Nachhaltige Gebäude Versorgung – Nutzung – Integration“, Pinkafeld


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POPSU European Seminars, Urban heat islands - Town strategies facing the climate change, 26/03/2015

Reduktion des Kühlenergiebedarfs durch intelligente Stadt- und Gebäudeplanung

e-nova 2014 Pinkafeld, 13. / 14. November 2014, 13/11/2014

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