Monitoring the energy efficiency of the Mathildenhöhe exhibition building in Darmstadt

Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt
© Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Foto Achim Mende
View of Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt.

In the project, the Mathildenhöhe exhibition building in Darmstadt is being comprehensively monitored after the completion of renovation measures to improve energy efficiency. The listed building is part of an architecturally unique ensemble that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021. Since its completion in 1908, its halls have been used for changing exhibitions of major contemporary art. After various changes to the building over the decades, it is now undergoing its first ever renovation to make it more energy-efficient. Due to the protection laws for listed buildings and the museum's operation, the requirements are correspondingly high. The building’s energy efficiency is being monitored in order to support the start-up of the technology and enable the innovative renovation concept to be validated.

Project goals

In the research project funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation DBU (Az. 32110-25) “Design of an exemplary energy-efficient renovation measure for the exhibition halls of the Mathildenhöhe museum in Darmstadt”, a concept was developed as a model solution for improving the energy efficiency of listed museums, which is currently being implemented at the Mathildenhöhe exhibition building. Once the renovation measure has been completed, the energy concept will be verified over a two-year monitoring period. This encompasses support during commissioning of the technical components, identification of structural and system weaknesses, evaluation of the efficiency of the innovative components, assessment of the climatic conditions in the exhibition halls, and monitoring and documentation of the actual energy consumption compared with the calculations from the planning phase.

Current project status

Completion of the renovation and start of monitoring is planned for the end of 2022.

Project partners

  • City of Darmstadt
  • Darmstädter Stadtentwicklung GmbH & Co.KG (DSE)
Monitoring of measuring points relating to heating and cooling systems
© Fraunhofer IBP
Diagram of the heating and cooling systems showing the measuring points being monitored.