The “Green.Building.Solutions.” Summer University (GBS, 7 ECTS) is an academic training, specializing on first-hand ecological knowledge and engineering expertise. Participants from all over the world and various backgrounds deepen their knowledge in passive house planning, sustainable urban development, new energy technologies, innovative architecture and ecological design approaches together with experts in workshops, excursions and lectures.

In 2022 the program takes place in-person in Vienna from 16 - August 07, 2022.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the origin of resources and the respective use as well as the integration in buildings
  • Learn about the relationships between buildings and their context
  • Create an understanding for the necessity of interdisciplinary cooperation to realize green building strategies


The GBS program follows a holistic and modular approach. Based on its curriculum, it comprises 7 ECTS in the form of three main topics:

  • Sustainability in Building and Urban Planning
  • Principles of Passive House planning
  • Renewable Energies and Business Concepts

Detailed program

Please find the preliminary schedule for 2022 below:

>>> Program 2022 <<<

(Status 30.05.2022, subject to change)

Workload and timeline

Preparation work: The preparation assignment is handed out a month before the program starts. Each student presents the assignment at the beginning of the program. This work is equal to 40 real hours (1.5 ECTS).

In Week 1, you learn about ongoing global challenges and the role of buildings within. You will gain in-depth knowledge on how architecture becomes more sustainable - including topics such as green and regenerative building design, alternative strategies and the passive house standard.

Week 2 provides you with insights into material flows and circular economy in the building sector, ecological construction materials, reuse and energy concepts. In building modelling and simulation workshops with experts you learn how to calculate energy use and demand with appropriate tools. Further important contents are the economy and green finance in the sustainable building sector.

Week 3 is dedicated to a group design project: Students get to put theory into practice while dealing with a real-life object in the City of Vienna. This allows to immediately apply the relevant knowledge in a multicultural team supervised by experts, together with 5-6 people of different disciplines. The outcomes are presented along with a PowerPoint and a poster on the last day of GBS, which is followed by the handover of the certificates during a public graduation ceremony and final celebrations.


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