Due to the finite nature of fossil energy sources as well as to the increasing environmental awareness, strategies to save energy in the context of building and urban design are essential issues for the design process. In the designing of buildings, complexity has increased steadily since the end of the 20th century. Political and legal requirements to optimise energy efficiency, greater use of renewable energies, but also social demands on the climate and resource protection characterise today‘s construction industry.
For nearly all disciplines in the building sector the design and construction process has changed in recent years. Creating structures and construction for the future does not imply designing highly technical objects. The focus should be on enhancing the interaction between passive and active building components.
passive building design
Building structures with the utilisation of technology is meant to increase the well-being of its occupants. Buildings will be sustainable if this requirement for comfort and well-being is achieved by using less energy and reducing carbon footprint.
active building design
For this purpose, an early interdisciplinary design process, which we call Smart Design Process, is required. In addition to the knowledge of each discipline, the utilisation of collaboration and communication will be crucial for the success of future projects, which is our key competence.