Completed Research Projects

ECR Energy City Graz-Reininghaus

Urban strategies for redesign, construction, operation and
Restructuring of the self-sufficient district Graz-Reininghaus

01/2010 - 12/2014 

Graz-Reinighaus im Kontext der Stadt © Foto: Stadt Graz, Bearbeitung: Institut für Städtebau

ECR_Energy City Graz Reininghaus is the first concretely implemented energy planning project at district level in the state capital Graz. It provided comprehensive city planning and energy technology recommendations for the sustainable development of the future Graz-Reininghaus district. With a surface of 110 hectares, the former brewery site is the largest undeveloped contiguous inner-city area in the central city area of ​​the city of Graz.

The desired mixture of use of living, working, leisure and recreation enables the networking of different energy-technical potentials with local consumers, e.g. the use of industrial waste heat for space heating and domestic hot water preparation of residential and office use. This approach creates networked systems that are not based on the system boundary of a building, but on the system boundary of a district (building association).

The framework plan for Graz-Reininghaus and the land use plan of Graz-Reininghaus served as the basis for the development of an urban development concept and the proposal for a possible development structure.

The master plan divides the urban development area Graz-Reininghaus into several quarters. After analyzing the urban planning and energy technology inventory and the development of a building mass distribution, a possible construction phase plan was drawn up.

The demonstration building project Plusenergieverbund Reininghaus Süd was the first building block in Graz-Reininghaus: an urban residential area with 143 residential units in the south of Peter Rosegger Straße in sustainable wood-clay construction combined with a multifunctional, two-storey office and business complex. Here, an economically feasible, technically and organisationally innovative solution for plus-energy composite concepts of the future is used, whereby the plus-energy approach does not take place on the level of the individual building, but within a multifunctional building network.

The pioneering work of the ECR project lies not only in the conception of the framework energy plan and the initiation of demonstration construction projects, but also in the networking of administration, research and industry.

Project partners Framework Energy

Project management:

Institute of Urban Design, Graz University of Technology

Project partners:

Institute for Geography and Spatial Research, KF UNI Graz
Chamber of Civil Engineers for Styria and Carinthia
Urban Development Graz
Environment Agency Graz

Research team TU Graz:

Institute of Thermal Engineering, TU Graz,
Institute for Electrical Systems, TU Graz
Institute for Process and Particle Technology, TU Graz
Institute for Material Testing and Building Material Technology, Graz University of Technology

Project partner Demobau project

Project management:

AEE INTEC (scientific project management of demo construction project)

Project partners:

Active Klimahaus GmbH
Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH

Research team TU Graz:

Institute of Urban Design, Graz University of Technology
Institute for Material Testing and Building Material Technology, Graz University of Technology


bmvit - House of the Future Plus
Land Steiermark, Department 15 - Energy, Housing, Technology, FA Energy and Housing

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Urban Development Concept – STEK Villach

 Urban Development Concept City of Villach 2015

 03/2014 – 06/2015

City of Villach Business locations –  © Grafic: Institute of Urbanism

The revision of the City Development Concept 2000 (STEK 2000) of the city of Villach offered the opportunity to go new ways both in terms of content and process. On the one hand, the topic of "sustainable, energy-efficient urban development" should be more focused and coordinated with current or planned smart city initiatives and projects in Villach. On the other hand, stakeholder involvement and citizen participation were strategically considered from the outset and methodically implemented. Current topics and issues of the "city of the future", such as urban mobility, urban living and working, urban and socially compatible internal consolidation, the integration of renewable energy systems and new models of governance and participation, were given special consideration.After several expert workshops on the topics "Urban Development 2.0", "Urban Life", "Environment & Resources", "Economy & Employment" and "Urban Infrastructure", concrete recommendations for action were developed for the city of Villach.Project management:    Institute of Urban Design, Graz University of TechnologyProject partners:    StadtLABOR Graz www.stadtlaborgraz.atResearch team TU Graz:    Institute for Process and Particle Technology, TU Graz    Institute of Roads and Transportation, Graz University of Technology    Institute of Thermal Engineering, TU Graz www.iwt.tugraz.atGrantor:    Magistrate Villach

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Working and living in the Smart City Reininghaus

01/2015 - 08/2016

Since the 1970s, there has been an increasing de-industrialization of Europe's cities. Production companies migrate or are driven out of the urban regions. In the next 15 years, a new district of Graz will be built in the immediate surroundings of numerous "classic" companies on the former industrial site Reininghaus. Due to the immediate proximity of the companies, there are potential for conflict as well as possible synergy effects with regard to energy systems, traffic, living quality or integrated neighborhood design.With this exploratory project a demonstration project in Graz / Reininghaus prepared, which exemplarily the co-operation of industrial and commercial enterprises with living areas (including energy and traffic questions) as well as the compatibility and long-term compatibility of different uses in urban quarters implemented. A forward-looking involvement of relevant stakeholders such as companies, municipal administrations, residents and investors should make it possible to avoid conflicts of use, but also to fulfill many criteria of a smart city, such as short distances, energy interconnections, innovative transport solutions or local supply strategies through jointly developed cross-sectoral solution scenarios. As part of the exploration, a concept was developed for realizing measures for an integrated residential work area in real life in a subsequent SmartCity demo project. The possibility of applying the stakeholder processes as well as the developed solution scenarios to other urban industrial sites was always in the foreground of the project.Project management:StadtLABOR Graz www.stadtlaborgraz.atProject partners:    Technical office f. Spatial Planning DI Kampus    Institute of Road and Transportation    AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies www.aee-intec.atResearch team TU Graz:    Institute of Urban Design, Graz University of TechnologyGrantor:    Climate and Energy Fund - Smart Cities

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Energy Spatial Planning for Smart City Quarters

and Smart City Regions

09/2014 - 08/2016 

As part of the nationally funded research project "ERP_hoch3", the topic of energy space planning was examined, examined and simulated on three focal planes. While "ERP" stands for energy planning, the "3" stands for three different spatial references: urban quarters, public transport axes and intercommunal area potentials of renewable energies (region).In three Austrian city regions (Vienna, Graz, Feldkirch-Vorderland), existing control instruments with energy relevance were researched and from this, actionable recommendations for energy area planning were developed for city regions. The end product consists of three guidelines for urban planning, neighborhoods along public transport stops (public transport axes) and intercommunal land potentials for renewable energy sources.The research area in Vienna is located around the two largest inner-city development areas, the Northwest and North Railway Station. The study area in Graz coincides with the peripheral area of ​​the Smart City target area Graz-Süd. Two railway axes were investigated, which proceed from the defined potential zones in Vienna and Graz: "Wien - Gänserndorf" (Northern Railway) and "Graz - Gleisdorf" (Eastern Railway).Project management:    Department of Spatial Planning, Department Regional Planning and Regional Development, Vienna University of Technology - team TU Graz:    Institute of Urban Design, Graz University of Technology    Institute of Process and Particle Technology, Graz University of Technology - www.ippt.tugraz.atGrantor:    bmvit - city of the future

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