Sustainable, High-Performance Building Solutions in Wood (HiBiWood)

Project Duration: 1 Sept. 2020 to 31 Aug. 2023

Eight percent of all global CO2 emissions result from the production of conventional construction materials such as steel and concrete, representing an immense contribution to climate change and global warming. To meet the EU climate goals of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050, it is essential that we rethink resource consumption in the construction industry.

The ERASMUS+ project Sustainable, High-Performance Building Solutions in Wood (HiBiWood) of the Department Building and Design has a contribution to make here. Cooperation between six universities of applied science in five countries ensures an international exchange of knowledge on the topic of sustainable building processes and strategies while enhancing the expertise of all project participants (students, instructors and employees of construction companies).

The project will span three years and include four intensive trainings for instructors and students, seven meetings of the project partners and one conference. A transdisciplinary elective module worth 9 ECTS will also be created and embedded in the study programs of the partner universities. The objective of the module is to enable knowledge transfer about sustainable building and multistory timber construction among all participants according to the PBL method (problem-based learning). The students will collaborate in small groups to plan a multistory building with a timber or timber hybrid construction style, working through all real project phases (from preliminary design to detailed planning) and implementing sustainable principles.

The learning process will be enhanced by visits to local construction companies and an e-learning platform.

Project Objectives 

  • Educating and training all participants (students, instructors, companies) in the area of sustainable building and multistory timber construction.
  • Developing and implementing a transdisciplinary elective module for the architecture programs of the partner universities that lives up to the future requirements of the construction industry with regard to sustainable construction.
  • Developing guidelines/principles to simplify the practical implementation of sustainable construction projects (new builds or renovation, with a focus on timber construction).
  • Improving the skills of students and instructors in the areas of problem solving and teamwork, innovative thinking, motivation and awareness of sustainable building through a project-based and transdisciplinary learning approach.
  • Sensitizing and raising awareness among various actors at the local, national, EU and international levels concerning sustainable building processes and principles.

Funded by


ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships for higher education

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Co-operation Partners

  • FH Campus Wien (AT) 
  • Riga Building College (LVA) - Lead
  • Cracow University of Technology (POL)
  • Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences (LTU)
  • Study and Consulting Center (LTU)
  • Häme University of Applied Sciences (FIN)

Project Manager FH Campus Wien

Project Team FH Campus Wien

Degree program


Architecture­ – Green Building



Architecture­ – Green Building