Research projects of the universities and colleges

FH Nordwestschweiz (Institut Digitales Bauen)

The Institute for Virtual Design and Construction FHNW is driving forward the digitalisation of the Swiss construction and real estate industry and is focusing on new organisational forms, processes and tools that accompany this change.

At BAU 23, it will present its research projects on the topic of integrated design, construction and facility operation, as well as a range of courses in education and training that prepares its graduates properly for the digital transformation of the industry.

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KIT Karlsruhe

Within the framework of the cooperation „Materialbibliothek Deutscher Hochschulen", the Material Library of the Department of Architecture at KIT offers an extensive collection which, in addition to conventional materials, contains in particular secondary as well as recyclable materials.

As pioneers of sustainable construction, these materials make the value of purity, the necessity of using secondary materials, and the preservation of value in case of reuse or recycling comprehensible to future generations of architects.

This excerpt from the collection gives architectural professionals an insight into this class of novel, endlessly circulating building materials.

TH Rosenheim

The Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences is your research partner in five main research areas. Two of these areas deal with building construction, construction planning, energy management, as well as with bio economy and wood technology.

We investigate in construction with biogenic materials, from planning and implementation of the energy supply to generation-appropriate living.

In bio economy and wood technology, we explore bio-based materials and the substitution of fossil raw materials.

Our research in the circular bioeconomy is focused on pulping, fiber modification and product recycling.

TU Berlin: Natural Building Lab

The Natural Building Lab of TU Berlin presents research projects investigating circular construction, low-tech concepts based on natural building materials and transdisciplinary planning processes. The research and construction project “Pavilion and Knowledge Paths” pilots new methodologies and approaches as a real-world laboratory. The focus is on developing life cycle-compatible building systems using reused materials such as large-span reclaimed wood lattice girders. In the research project upMIN100, the recycling of mineral-based secondary raw materials is being researched. The project HZL compares two construction methods in earth-timber and timber-masonry multi-storey residential construction that use low-tech strategies based on sorption-capable building materials without the use of mechanical ventilation technology.

TU Berlin: Bauhütte 4.0

BIP: Business Intelligence Platform

TU Berlin Conscious City Lab CCL

FG Prof. Kohl

FG Prof. Borrego

Fraunhofer IPK

The Bauhütte 4.0 project is represented by a tool, the Business Intelligence Platform (BIP), that supports the planning of a ‘forest to city’ value chain in the Brandenburg/Berlin Region. It is presented through an interface of four dashboards and one interactive table. The BIP simulates material flows across the ‘forest to city’ value chain and links them to various locations, logistics, production methods, actors, norms and standards. The platform demonstrates the application of the 3S strategy towards the construction of affordable housing units on an urban scale. 3S - Sink, Storage and Substitution - is linked to the objective of storing carbon sequestered by forests in new and renovated buildings.

TU München / TU Braunschweig

TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction (AMC)

The DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center Transregio 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction (AMC) aims with its basic research to significantly shape the digitalization of construction. Within the levels of components, processes and materials, the AMC researches resource- and energy-efficient as well as sustainable, recyclable and digital construction. Through innovative 3D printing methods, materials, processes and optimized design are completely rethought. A holistic and sustainable approach to the future of construction. Exhibit: The Tensegrity tower consists of seemingly floating rods, the special feature being the 3D-printed connecting elements, so-called nodes, which stabilise the tower through compressive and tensile loads. The connecting nodes were manufactured with powder bed fusion of metals using a laser.

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TU München: TUM.wood

TUM.wood - A network for research and teaching on the subject of wood

TUM.wood is a worldwide unique research network of the TUM with the aim to strengthen the use of the material and to intensify its contribution to a responsible use. TUM.wood combines competences from forestry and material research to architecture and building practice.

TUM.wood investigates the technical, architectural, ecological and economic possibilities of the renewable raw material along the entire value chain - from its origins in the forest to processing, application in the building industry and recycling strategies.

ZIM-Netzwerk "BauProPapier" (TU Darmstadt)

“The ZIM network "BauProPapier" is a network of HeiQ RAS AG funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics. The network is used as an innovation platform to develop new concepts for the realization of construction products made of paper for temporary buildings.

The network brings together partners from SMEs, industry and science. The aim of the network is to develop suitable solutions for the manufacture of construction products made of paper. The network contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to the provision of cycle-compatible constructions and building materials.”