The field of research of the Centre for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building comprises important fundamental subjects of sustainable urban planning and building design and related energy, material and traffic flows.

In terms of urban design, parameters such as settlement density and structure, separation and mixture of functions, infrastructure and traffic concepts, as well as the use of green technologies as controlling element for comfort and urban space quality and other subjects with their importance to social life and urban life quality are illustrated.

In consideration of population development in the cities, alternative strategies are elaborated to deal with existing buildings in regions with decreasing population (reuse), whereas in fast-growing areas the resource-friendly expansion of existing urban structures as well as the design of new settlements is analyzed with regard to sustainable design principles.

With focus on buildings, architectural questions of type, topos, tectonics and texture are complemented by aspects of local climate and energy use. The consideration of local conditions such as climate, topography, geology, infrastructure and the use of renewable energy sources and materials are of priority in the analyses.

Additionally, future questions of mobility with regard to individual and public transport as well as alternative traffic concepts taking into account the potential of energy and resource-saving urban planning and building design are subject to comprehensive examination.

The accumulation of knowledge when it comes to connections between function, technology and design of resource saving building is prerequisite; therefore, the knowledge of pertinent developments in solar technology and possibilities of simulation of energy, traffic and material flow is of great importance. Concepts and strategies are at the foreground, which lead to adequate use of technology for the architecture, the city and the landscape.