Evaluating innovative solutions from the prototype to the real building
Politicians in Germany and Europe are unanimously calling for building stock to be made carbon-neutral within the next 20 years. However, in order to significantly reduce our buildings’ fossil energy requirements, new solutions are needed. In an industry that is largely considered to be rather conservative, that takes courage. In customized evaluation programs, we transfer innovative building and façade technologies from the prototype all the way to practical implementation. To achieve this, we use the test facilities in our laboratories as well as the various test buildings on our field test site in Holzkirchen.
Demonstration buildings play a key role in building practice: They reveal new approaches to solutions and form the basis for energy-saving building technologies, they demonstrate feasibility and thus inspire us to translate them into real-world applications. The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP have already implemented and evaluated through tests more than 250 demonstration projects worldwide. Over the years, they have acquired a wealth of practical experience as well as an extensive database on user behavior and efficiency parameters.