Sustainability Assessment and Research Methods
The seminar discusses current topics in the field of "sustainable construction" with (doctoral) students, presents scientific methods for dealing with research questions and discusses the preparation of scientific publications. + Research methods in the field of sustainable construction + Discussion of current research topics + How do I publish my research results
Ability to conduct research and independent scientific publications

Sustainability assessment in building construction
- Development of the sustainability assessment - Building certification systems - Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) - Life cycle cost calculations (LCCA) - Integration of sustainability aspects in the early planning phases of buildings and urban quarters - Integration of stakeholder preferences and support in decision-making processes - Sustainability assessment using Building Information Modeling
After successfully completing the course, students will have basic knowledge in the field of sustainability assessment of buildings and urban quarters. Students are able to independently apply the methods Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Cost Calculation (LCCA).
Software-based Building Information Modelling
Lecture: Introduction to Building Information Modelling. Knowledge about geometrical modelling of parametrised objects, semantical modelling, forms of cooperation within integrated Information Modelling and standardisation, relevant standards and norms (ÖNORM A 6241). International developments are pointed out. Exercise: Practical introduction to the basic methods and possibilities in the digital construction of buildings and structures of infrastructure. • developing, creating and editing parametrised building models (geometrical models in 3D) • dimensioning and labelling • creating component lists and determining masses • creating plan layouts • constant data transfer in order to enable the application of simulation tools: defining and operating of interfaces for structure planning, building technology and infrastructure planning Professionals: lectures by colleagues working practically in order to convey the variety of topics and approaches, etc. in the form of practical examples with following discussions (Workshop) concerning the topics of architecture, structure planning, building technology and traffic construction. Software used in the exercise: • Autodesk Revit • Allplan Nemetschek • ArchiCAD
This lecture is to familiarise students with the basics of software-based Building Information Modelling (BIM). Successful participants can develop virtual building models in a manner that is suitable for architects and civil engineers and creating constructional planning documents from them. Through this know-how students gain understanding about the design and coordination of digital value-creation-processes, the initiation and management of BIM-projects.