Hard facts - GBS in short

Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) is a Summer University aiming at increasing knowledge of and raising awareness for sustainability in the field of building, construction and urban planning. The interdisciplinary training on master-level encompasses the ecological, economic, technical and social aspects of the built environment.

GBS is an academic, English-speaking Summer University.
It takes place in Vienna from July 15 to August 6, 2023.

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Target group

The GBS Summer University is aimed at international students and professionals in the field of architecture, building design, urban planning, engineering sciences, construction, property development, facility and energy management as well as all related topics dealing with the built environment. We also invite people with study backgrounds such as resource planning, ecology, landscape planning to apply.

Course aim

GBS aims at increasing knowledge in sustainable construction worldwide to counteract climate change and resource scarcity. It was initiated to pass on Austrian knowledge about passive house planning, ecological building and sustainable design strategies to the next generation of green builders. The program adds on to the participants’ qualifications - who act as ambassadors in their home country, locally applying and multiplying the knowledge.

Course content and credits

Starting off with an introduction to regenerative architecture, resource use and climate protection, the lecturers continue with topics of ecological construction, renewable energy production and use, building techniques and physics, simulation workshops and alternative materials. Finally, teams of participants get to put theory into practice in a final project design work.

After successful participation, students receive a certificate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) for 7 ECTS. Students who have registered before April 18, 2023 will receive an official certificate of BOKU on 7 ECTS, additionally to the final participation certificate. Continuous attendance during the full-time program is mandatory!

Find out more: Program - what you will learn at the GBS


Regular participation fee:
For students: EUR 2.000, -
For professionals: EUR 2.490, -
Reduced participation fee for scholarship holders: EUR 490, -

The fee includes all program components and accommodation in Vienna. Find more information here: Included services.


Highly qualified students who are in need of financial support can apply for the reduced participation fee. Eligibility is checked based on application documents. If you are granted a scholarship, the reduced fee for participation is as little as EUR 490, -.

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The organizers

The GBS is a not-for-profit, international program, jointly organized by a consortium of leading Austrian academic institutions and experts such as

Over 60 national and international partners and sponsors support the program - have a look at the full list of our partners here.

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