Sustainable Building and Operation
RWTH Aachen University's Institute for Real Estate Project Development launches two new projects on sustainable construction and operation
The Department of Real Estate Project Development (iPE) at RWTH Aachen University, headed by Professor Elisabeth Beusker, has launched two new research projects to develop resource-saving facade technologies and to optimize individual energy consumption.
Together with the Chair of Building and Indoor Climate Technology and the Chair of Energy Efficient Construction at RWTH as well as the industrial partners Hagemeister, Vonovia and Viessmann, iPE is working on the development and testing of resource-saving facade technologies for the construction industry in the project "Resource-saving facade technologies: energy clinker" (ReFaTEk). The novel clinker technology is used to increase the use of solar energy for the energy supply of buildings and is implemented, researched and evaluated both in the laboratory and in real construction projects in practice. It is intended to help achieve the German government's climate targets and become independent of fossil fuels. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection with around 1 million euros until 2025.
The Energy App (Epp) project is being funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economics, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy with around 100,000 euros over a period of one year. In cooperation with the Department of Computer Science 10 at RWTH Aachen University, the scientists are developing a user-friendly application for processing and optimizing individual energy consumption. Within the scope of the project, everyday situations are examined and generated emissions are processed transparently. In addition to the visualization of energy and CO2 consumption, users are shown optimization potentials and given incentives for an energy- and resource-conscious lifestyle.