Green Building Innovation

Society must undergo a transition towards an economy that is based on renewable or recyclable resources and a built environment that is largely self-sustaining. The greatest challenge lies in the alteration of existing areas: as more than 90% of the building stock of the near future is already built, effective improvements can only be achieved by taking immediate action to improve entire regions, cities, districts, neighbourhoods, buildings or building components.

In the vision of the Green Building Innovation (GBI) programme, these changes can best be effected when the comfort and the health of people are kept in focus. In addition, the quest for research unison is deeply rooted in what is considered to be research that is relevant to future developments.

Societal/scientific quality and relevance of the research

The research of the GBI group is closely linked to societal issues in the field of sustainable development, in interaction with the existing technology and technological innovation. Many of its research projects, both completed and on-going, were initiated with parties from the public and commercial market and have served both scientific development in new areas and dissemination in the built environment or building industry. This would not be possible without a solid foundation of financial, material and human resources.

The Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology and the GBI programme in particular have always had a strong bond with the market. The impact of the GBI group’s research is generally highly visible: the results have been adopted by stakeholders outside the university, such as in the planning, design and manufacturing sectors. These can be seen in the general studies and publications by the group’s architectural staff, which are based on strong relationships between private practice and academia. Energy potential studies have been integrated into official plans.

The future

The basic competencies of the GBI research group and the group’s priority research themes are specialist areas that are under continuous development and enhancement. The research themes are subject to particular attention because of their societal and market urgency.

More about this programme

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More information about this research programme or discuss possibilities for cooperation:

Prof.dr.ing. Ulrich Knaack (Research leader)

Key projects

Better Airport Regions
Models and development pathways for sustainable urban transformation.

Free-D Facade Manufacturing
An adjustable mould that can be used to make double-folded panels of glass, concrete, and plastic

UCER
User Centered Energy Reduction.

Climate Proof Cities
Strengthening the adaptive capacity and reducing the vulnerability of the urban system against climate change and to develop strategies and policy instruments for adapting our cities and buildings.

Concept House
A fully sustainable prototype of a city apartment that researchers from TU Delft's faculties of Industrial Design Engineering and Architecture and the Built Environment have developed together with parties in the construction industry and area developer Woonbron

Key books
  • Integrated Sustainable Design
    Jon Kristinsson & Andy van den Dobbelsteen (eds.).
  • Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Designing, Planning, and Development. Applied Ecology and Environmental Management
    Sven Stremke & Andy van den Dobbelsteen (eds.)
  • Prefabricated Systems: Principles of Construction
    Ulrich Knaack, Sharon Chung-Klatte & Reinhard Hasselbach
  • Energy - Imagine 05
    Ulrich Knaack, Thomas Auer, Marcel Bilow & Linda Hildebrand
  • Reimagining the envelope - Imagine 06
    Ulrich Knaack, Thaleia Konstantinou, Marcel Bilow & Bert Lieverse
  • Imagine 07. Reimagining Housing
    Ulrich Knaack

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