Digitalization, resource- and energy-efficiency, climate and demographic change—these long-term trends require urgent attention from society, the economy and science and research. The building industry, too, needs to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions in order to meet the ever growing demands we place on our buildings. It is becoming increasingly important to take a cross-sector approach, to act in an interdisciplinary way. Answers must be found to complex questions: How can we anchor the principle of sustainability even more strongly in the way we design and manage our buildings, in order to protect the climate and save resources? With digitalization advancing in many fields, how can it be integrated into day-to-day building operations? How can we design spaces to be not only safe but also flexible in use and healthy for the occupants?
The Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance has set itself the task of systematically exploring the available innovations potential. 14 Fraunhofer institutes are gathered together under this umbrella, and at BAU 2017 they will be presenting the building sector with a range of practical and interdisciplinary solutions. In a special show called “StadtLabor”, in Hall C2, booth 538, this display of innovations from building research covers the following four themes:
Digital design, construction and management
Safety in building
Resource-efficiency and energy-management
Future of Building