It is not raining that much today and the class has been moved to another location today, possibly due to the annoying construction work taking place on the 6th floor of the Gußhausstraße TU building. Nicely located right beside one of the city’s landmark, Karlskirche, this new room will hopefully provide us with interesting information before we go out of the city for the weekend. It should be the case, since this morning’s lecturers already contributed nicely to the GBS program: Robert Schild with his marketing approach of the green building product, and Georg W. Reinberg with his extensive experience in building sustainable and visually impressive housing.

One of the critics addressed to the passivhaus concept is its limitation to attain its objectives in different climatic regions, especially in colder climates. Robert, through a presentation of different case studies, showed us once again how insulation is of first importance when designing with the passivhaus in mind. He tried to demonstrate that an intelligent design can bring goals to reality.

Mr. Reinberg gave us an overall outlook on the world’s environmental situation and linked them to his work, explaining his motivations and the place our built environment should occupy in our lives. His approach includes simple ideas (passive solar gains and shading techniques) which are beautifully integrated in the buildings’ structures.

We then went to visit EnergyBase which includes the offices of the Sustainable Built Technologies Energy department of AIT. It was an uttermost interesting visit lead by The Boss of course, but also by Tim Selke who introduced us to the many technical concepts used to make this modern building comfortable and as energy efficient as possible.

One of my favourite days so far!

We also uploaded some pictures on Facebook for you to see!

text: Dominik-Alexis Bourret, pictures: Dominik-Alexis Bourret, Martijn Vyncke