Under the congress motto “Less. But let’s make more out of it!” and high above the roofs of Vienna …
… in the TUtheSky room of the Plus-Energy Office High-Rise Building of the TU Vienna, the BauZ! Congress 2023 took place. It was already the 20th congress in this series.
We welcomed …
a numerous and vivid audience …
We opened with
- Progress in the implementation of circular economy processes and tools in construction through the City of Helsinki’s Circular Economy Cluster and with
- Progress in measuring thermal comfort under conditions where outdoor temperature and building occupants’ ability to intervene may be included as a framework.
We received opening remarks by our public sponsors an co-operation partners …
We continued with
- Planning for a neighbourhood development at the Post-City Linz and with a
- Participatory transformation plan for the energy supply of the Kahlenbergerdorf near Vienna.
This was followed by three development projects for the further integration of eco-data into BIM software:
- BIM data for building greening
- life-cycle information management of environmentally relevant product data, and a
- Web tool for the automated creation of life cycle assessments of buildings based on a BIM model
On the second day of the congress, we were introduced to new constructions and materials:
- Model-predictive night ventilation supported by daylight-optimised shading in historic and listed buildings
- Box window renovations with innovative glass products such as vacuum glazing
- A cooling and heating ceiling with enhanced performance that temporarily stores condensation moisture in the material in cooling mode
- Foundations made of wood, also for multi-storey buildings, with examples from Dubai and Sweden
- Mushroom mycelium as a new building material for insulation
This was followed by presentations on pioneering building projects:
- The extension and adaptation of the primary and secondary school in Auersthal, Upper Austria.
- The subtle renovation of a historic building with the same materials it was originally built of: stone, wood and clay: Hägi Wendl’s house in Vorarlberg.
- The supply of a new multi-storey residential building with renewable heating and cooling under the boundary conditions of social housing in Vienna: Käthe Dorsch-Gasse 17
- A new campus at the Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy Ried, Upper Austria.
This concise update by a congress plenary shortened to the two mornings was contrasted by a rich offer of six workshops to which the two afternoons were devoted:
Workshop 1. A project consortium with the participation of Eneergieagentur Steiermark and Danube University Krems invited to the “Kick-Off ReBUSk – From Status Quo to a Joint Strategy for Climate-Fit Professionals in the Building Sector”.
Workshop 2: ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA with the Austrian Trade Delegate in Kijiv took the opportunitiy to present several stakeholders in the reconstruction of Ukraine: “Sustainable Reconstruction of Ukraine”.
Workshop 3: Led by GRÜNSTATTGRAU, the results of an understanding meeting with manufacturers of waterproofing materials and the City of Vienna (Ökokauf) were presented under the title “Sind wir noch ganz dicht? – Material ecology of roof sealing systems for green roofs” were presented.
Workshop 4: As in 2021 and 2022, the FH Technikum Wien organised a three-hour workshop on the results of the Flucco plus project with the topics “Climate-neutral energy-flexible community” and “Dynamic comfort for energy-flexible plus-energy neighbourhoods (climate-neutral neighbourhoods)”.
Workshop 5: Just like in 2022, the innovation agency “RENOWAVE.AT” organised a workshop. This year the topic was: “Innovative system solutions for building renovation and heating exchange”.
Workshop 6: Also for the second time, the European H2020 project METABUILDING was represented with a workshop: “Innovation promotion and support of cross-sectoral cooperation projects of SMEs in the construction sector”.
Avoiding parallel runs of plenary events and workshops proved successful: both plenary and workshops were very well attended throughout.
Already a nice tradition was the reception of the Embassy of Finland in Vienna, to which we were invited on Wednesday evening.
For the success of our international event, the long-standing cooperation of the simultaneous interpreters Bernadette Krebs and Herwig Bauer was indispensable.
As every year, the congress was a joint effort of the team at the IBO with the advisory board, from whose ranks also came the chair persons of the sessions, Susanne Formanek, Karin Stieldorf and Doris Österreicher. Special thanks to Richard Hands, architect in Glasgow, who chaired one of the sesssions!
We would like to thank for the generous funding by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (BMK), the support by TU Wien, Bau.Energie.Umweltcluster Niederösterreich, baubook GmbH, Business Finland as well as ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA.
Dr. Tobias Waltjen