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  • With a volume of 3.7 billion airline passengers worldwide in 2016, civil aviation once more dramatically increased the air passenger figures. According to a study conducted by the German Federal Statistical Office, passenger figures continue to rise every year due to increasing prosperity, attractive tourist destinations, expanding global trade relations and liberal travel regulations. With the aim of transporting all these passengers to their scheduled destinations in a more healthful, comfortable, economic and environmentally friendly way, the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP is continuously doing research on improving aircraft. Using several unique test facilities, IBP scientists address issues concerning the cabin indoor climate and the aircraft as an integrated system. Meet Fraunhofer IBP researchers at the ILA Berlin Air show (25 through 29 April 2018) in Hall 2, stand 229, to learn more about IBP test facilities, research projects and solutions.

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    弗劳恩霍夫协会与上海交通大学,这两个杰出的研究机构正在寻求建立紧密的合作关系,以应对中国生态兼容的城市化挑战和城市规划及建筑行业的相关进程。“在绿色节能的城市发展、建筑材料现代化、设计和运营数字化的适应性以及工业化制造等方面,中国建筑业正面临日益增长的需求。

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  • Moisture management in buildings is a trending topic, as moisture related problems not only affect old buildings, but energy efficient new ones as well. In the United States, roughly 50 percent of all households reported the prevalence of dampness and mold. European households discovered these same issues, reporting them in about 20 percent of households. The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP has conducted research in this field for many years, and is dedicated to solving to these problems by providing software, experience, and solutions to organizations such as ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers). With contributions of Fraunhofer experts, a new chapter on moisture management in buildings was developed for ASHRAE’s Handbook of Fundamentals.

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    From November 7-10, 2017 the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance and the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB e.V. will be presenting a joint forum in keeping with the motto "Better Building – Better Life" on the occasion of the FENESTRATION BAU China trade fair at Shanghai. The forum will last for several days and include a lecture program and a special show presenting selected exhibits. Further well-committed partners are the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (The German Society for International Cooperation - GIZ), SBA Architects and the RBI Software AG.

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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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