Projects and References

New projects at a glance

Here we list the newly added projects.


KERES - Protecting cultural assets from extreme climate events and increasing resilience

The BMBF-SiFo project “KERES” therefore studied future extreme weather events and their effects on our cultural heritage in Germany, and used models to examine these scenarios.


PACFAST - calculating LCAs for packaging quickly and efficiently

The PACFAST application was developed within the scope of the collaboration. It uses a standardized process to generate carbon footprints or other environmental indicators in just a few days. 


Academy of Conservation and Care for the Environment

In pursuit of safeguarding the values of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra (Jordan) given the challenges of rapid societal and climatic change, the Academy of Conservation and Care for the Environment 2024 (ACCE) aims to foster national and international knowledge exchange among post graduate students and young professionals. 


Pollutants in precipitation runoff from non-metal roofs

The aim is to obtain a comprehensive and reliable database on the release of substances from non-metal roofs through contact with rainwater under different conditions (heavy rainfall, long periods of dry weather, etc.). Laboratory and field tests are carried out based on research into relevant products.

All projects at a glance

Here we list our current as well as successfully completed research and industrial projects.

  • Sawing work on a contaminated timber beam
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Sawing work on a historic timber beam contaminated with lindane.

    The CycloPlasma project combines an innovative adsorbent material and plasma technology to decontaminate wooden structures containing lindane and PCP. The CycloPlasma technique is a revolutionary concept when it comes to renovating and modernizing historical buildings. The method can be applied to all buildings in private and public ownership.

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  • Model of Roggersdorf Church
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Model of Roggersdorf Church.

    In the project "Climate for Culture" the influence of climate change on cultural assets in Europe is determined with 27 partners.

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  • Fungal adhesive prototype made from cattail
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Fungal adhesive prototype made from cattail (lat. Typha) bound by the Ganoderma fungus.

    To achieve a biological transformation, material flows must be considered as a whole and biointelligent solutions found for them. Closed material cycles are essential. For the insulating material, biological raw materials as well as residual materials are bonded together by mycelial growth.

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  • Green roofs in urban areas
    © Shutterstock/swissdrone

    Green roofs increase the proportion of unsealed land in urban areas. Rainwater can seep into them and is stored instead of running off mostly as surface water.

    In this project, the existing range of test facilities and simulation options at Fraunhofer IBP are supplemented in order to record rainwater retention capacity of green roofing structures.

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  • Individual modular elements
    © Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Volker Huckemann

    Individual modular elements.

    There is a lack of suitable depots that meet the requirements of sustainability and energy efficiency as well as those of conservation.

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  • Building with wind-powered heating 2.0 – solutions
    © Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt

    Possible solutions for using a building with wind-powered heating 2.0 with a large hot water storage tank (A), building component activation (B) and a central high-temperature stone storage tank (C).

    The aim of the research study is to develop concepts for »Buildings heated by wind-power«, which are heated during periods of strong wind only.

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  • Simulation heat load Sanssouci Palace Park
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Sanssouci Palace Park - input data for the PALM-4U simulation (left) and simulated heat load on a hot summer's day (right).

    Cultural assets are critical socio-cultural infrastructures whose services contribute to Germany's economic development and competitiveness and promote the community. However, the increase in extreme weather events due to climate change poses a threat to these infrastructures, such as historic buildings & gardens and cultural landscapes. The BMBF-SiFo project “KERES” therefore studied future extreme weather events and their effects on our cultural heritage in Germany, and used models to examine these scenarios.

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  • Fast and efficient LCA-calculation of packaging
    © Nikita Burdenkov/Shutterstock

    PACFAST enables the carbon footprint / LCA of packaging to be calculated efficiently.

    Life cycle assessments are generally relatively complex and, depending on the objective and scope of study, call for a high level of expertise. Our collaboration with Institut cyclos-HTP has resulted in an important milestone on the way to calculating the carbon footprint (CF) of packaging quickly and efficiently. The application, called PACFAST (Packaging Carbon Footprint Fast and Standardised), uses an automatically generated file in CHI-RA that contains relevant packaging specifications for calculating the carbon footprint of the packaging in question.

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