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    Air travel is still booming, and new developments remain focused on reducing its environmental impact. However, it has become apparent that the enormous gains in engine efficiency over the past few years won’t continue at the same pace. Researchers are therefore increasingly turning to disruptive approaches to help mitigate the environmental impact of increasing air traffic. These include new aircraft architectures such as the blended wing body (flying wing) and more electric aircraft (MEA) concepts. Both developments require tools to quickly evaluate cabin conditions and thermal management of high-performance electronics. To meet this need, the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP has developed its Indoor Environment Simulation Suite (IESS). The institute’s scientists will be presenting their latest test and simulation models to the aviation industry at the International Paris Air Show, which will take place from 19 to 25 June 2017 at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget (Hall 1, Booth H295).

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  • Recent years have seen a striking rise in the challenges faced by the building sector: Residential space shortages, increasing digitalization and the need for energy efficiency – all call for interdisciplinary and creative solutions from industry, politics and science. Based on current building trends, the 14 member institutes of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance develop application oriented system solutions and innovations. Their activities focus on the human element and the need for comfortable, healthy and safe living space. From January 16 to 21, 2017, the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance will present sustainable product and system solutions for the focus areas ”Resource Efficiency and Energy Management”, ”Intelligent Facades”, ”Safety and Comfort” and ”Digital Planning, Building and Operating” in the 245 square meter special show ”Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – Creating living spaces for people” at the BAU 2017 trade fair (Hall C2, stand 538).

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    The building industry is in serious need of innovative drive – at least that's the impression that could arise after looking at corporate research and development expenses. But the conclusion is premature: The building industry consists of a complex value creation chain with upstream and downstream industrial and service provision sectors specializing on the building process. This is the point of departure for the scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, who work together with industry partners and in national and international research projects to develop application-oriented system solutions and innovative products for the building sector. At the special show ”Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – Shaping living spaces with research and development” (Hall C2, stand 538) at the BAU 2017 trade fair, held from January 16 to 21, 2017 in Munich, Fraunhofer IBP will present visitors a selection of its developments and contributions to increasing innovative strength in the building industry.

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    Back in 2010, the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and the Fraunhofer Information Center for Planning and Building IRB teamed up with conservators, architects and the construction industry to launch a unique pilot project aimed at conserving historic buildings and renovating old buildings. On the grounds of Benediktbeuern Abbey in southern Germany, they began to renovate the Old Cooperage – and in doing so, they paved the way for the Fraunhofer Centre for Conservation and Energy Performance of Historic Buildings, Benediktbeuern. Their goal was not just to conserve and repurpose historic buildings. The partners also intended to create a space for applied research that would showcase the processes, materials and methods belonging to building physics, and communicate the knowledge gleaned there to experts and the public at large. With renovation work now complete, the Centre will open its doors on November 18. In addition, the work accomplished and the overall concept are to be honored during the opening celebrations as one of the 100 top projects in the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition – under the banner of “NachbarschaftInnovation,” or “innovating neighborhoods.”

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  • Healthy living without damp and mold

    Press release / 16.11.2016

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    Mold is a widespread problem in homes. As well as damaging and ruining building components, it can also damage the health of occupants, even causing chronic illnesses. The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP has been studying the effects of mold for decades. Its scientists carry out intensive research on solutions and tools for preventing, combating, classifying and evaluating the mold caused by moisture. Using a baseline survey, the scientists are now showing how widespread mold and moisture problems are in German and European homes and what effects they have on people and buildings. In this way, they are confirming the need for continuous research and further innovative solutions.

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  • Digitization and urbanization, resource and energy efficiency, demographic change and climate change are long-term megatrends that require intensive examination by society, economy and research. The building industry, too, is requested to provide innovative and sustainable solutions in order to meet the constantly growing requirements on buildings. In this context, thinking across all industries and sectors as well as taking interdisciplinary action continues to gain importance. The Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance combines the professional competence of 14 Fraunhofer institutes to provide interdisciplinary solutions for the building industry. In the scope of its special show »Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – Creating living spaces for people« introduced at the BAU 2017 trade fair, the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance presents innovative products and solutions from building research in Hall C2, Booth 538.

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    Aside from the car, the most popular way to get to holiday destinations is by airplane, and flying is the top choice for business travelers, too. According to statistics portal Statista, the world’s airlines generated combined sales of around 556 billion US dollars in global passenger traffic last year. And in addition to economic aspects and rising demands for cabin comfort, ecological considerations are now becoming more important than ever before. Today, fleets operated by German airlines consume 42 percent less fuel per passenger kilometer than they did in 1990. This is mainly due to advances in technology that have, for instance, made aircraft lighter and in turn more energy efficient. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are working on using expertise to drive these trends forward. To this end, they are collaborating closely with numerous other Fraunhofer Institutes and industry partners in ultra-modern, unique test facilities and are applying smart software tools. The scientists will be presenting their latest developments for the aviation sector at the ILA Berlin Air Show (Hall 4, Booth 202) from June 1 to 4.

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    The quality of the indoor environment in European classrooms has steadily improved over the past few decades. It has long been clear that school buildings also need to be energy-efficient and that indoor environments designed to boost performance have the effect of increasing pupils’ concentration and memory skills. In practice, however, the majority of European and German school buildings do not follow the optimum guidelines. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics IBP – which conducts research into indoor environments and air quality – are currently investigating air quality in classrooms and the associated effects on classroom users in various different projects and test facilities. The results of multiple studies compiled by Fraunhofer IBP suggest that there is a great deal of room for improvement in this area.

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  • Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics IBP, WUFI® Pro has long been established as the simulation software of choice for evaluating the hygrothermal performance of building envelopes. Released on April 19, the new and improved version 6.0 offers a range of visual and functional improvements.

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  • New deputy director at Fraunhofer IBP

    Press release / 12.1.2016

    Along with the new year comes new leadership at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP. Effective January 1, 2016, Prof. Philip Leistner has taken on the role of deputy director, where he will be supporting Prof. Klaus Peter Sedlbauer in his leadership duties. Dr. Peter Brandstätt assumed Prof. Leistner’s previous position as head of the acoustics department in a seamless transition of responsibilities.

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