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Master-Thesis: Key technologies of adaptive building skins for nearly zero energy high-rise buildings


AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) is an independent research association which was founded in 1988. Currently over 70 employees from 10 different nations are working at   AEE INTEC. Furthermore, the institute regularly awards dissertations, master theses and internships.
The activities of AEE INTEC include:

  • fundamental as well as applied research
  • national and international R&D projects
  • cooperation with universities, technical colleges, other research facilities and industry

The three major departments of AEE INTEC are “Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems”, “Buildings and Renovation” as well as “Industrial Processes and Energy Systems”.

Research Project

The research project, "TechAdZero" investigates the energetic potential and explores optimized configurations of smart adaptive façades for non-residential, nearly-zero-energy high-rise buildings. The project focuses on maximizing energy performance of high-rise building façades by adapting or combining various façade elements to achieve optimal dynamic façade properties for thermal conductivity, solar heat gain, energy transmission, light transmittance, renewable solar energy, shading and ventilation.

Outline of the Master-Thesis

  • To design, develop and apply evaluation standards and parametric simulation models for the performance characterization of innovative proactive building skins that are able to capture the transient and multi-parametric performance of adaptive façades in specific climate zones throughout China and Austria (thermal, electric and daylighting performance characterization)
  • To develop design guidelines for industrialized proactive building skins in different climate zones, accounting for energetic, technological, architectural/aesthetical, and comfort viewpoints

We expect…

  • Creative, solution-oriented, independent and motivated attitude towards work
  • Interest in experimental investigations and practical work

We offer...

  • Salaried position with a master-thesis embedded in an ongoing international research-project
  • Supervision by experienced researchers and highly qualified technical support
  • Period: Starting now, lasting for 6 months


Tobias Weiss
and/or 03112 5886-371