Architecture – Green Building
Hardly any other building material offers so many advantages and yet the knowledge about wood and wood hybrid construction in Austria is still lacking. In the Department Building and Design, teachers and students are making a strong impact and pushing wood to where it belongs: at the top of the list of the most promising building materials.
There is a huge gap: According to the report of the UN Environment Programme, the construction and building industry is at a record level in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, and the climate targets provide for a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The Department Building and Design is making massive contributions to closing this gap by promoting a rethinking and spreading knowledge about sustainable building materials such as wood with as many people as possible.
Nationally, Nach.Plan.Bauen. places knowledge about sustainable building on a broad foundation. Internationally, FH Campus Wien is engaged with other universities in the Erasmus+ funded project HiBiWood to promote knowledge transfer and jointly develop transdisciplinary teaching tools as part of the architecture degree programs. Martin Aichholzer, Head of Master's Degree Program Architecture – Green Building: “We learn from each other and hopefully together trigger a domino effect.”
The HiBiWood project is funded with support from the European Commission. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the author(s); the Commission is not responsible for the further use of the information contained therein.
HiBiWood stands for Sustainable, High-Performance Building Solutions in Wood and combines expertise in wood and wood hybrid construction from six universities in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Austria. Project meetings, a conference and intensive training courses are on the program for teachers and students until 2023. Particularly high learning effects are expected when planning a multi-story building project following the problem-based learning method; visits to local timber construction companies are also aimed at promoting innovative ways of thinking.
The results of this year’s proHolz Student Trophy of the Austrian wood industry are proof of how familiar students in the Department Building and Design already are with the subject of wood construction and just how passionate they are about it. Together with colleagues from the Master's Degree Program Civil Engineering – Construction Management, the prospective architects developed concepts for adding wooden structures as further stories to existing Viennese municipal buildings from the 1960s as part of the Integral Planning lecture. “To win two of nine possible prizes makes us very proud,” says Martin Aichholzer, “And that with at least 127 international entries.”
The design from Maries Grätzl focused on people and created a three-dimensional building landscape on the roof. The jury was particularly impressed by this approach. The students earned a special prize for the successful Greenunity concept, the construction of which can be implemented for all three building sites integrated in the competition. The top-up solutions impressively demonstrated: It is possible. The turnaround to smart, socially sustainable as well as climate- and resource-saving building in cities can succeed.