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e-nova 2014

Pinkafeld, 13 - 14 November 2014


Sustainable Buildings

At present the basic conditions for the building sector are changing in many ways. According to EU directive 2012/27/EU, by the middle of 2014 all the member states of the EU have to implement an energy efficiency act. The draft bill of the Austrian government calls for fundamental adjustment measures in the building sector. The changing situation concerning subsidies and the market in general, as, for example, with regard to the integration of renewable energies, plays an important role as well. Last but not least, research programmes in this area have also been restructured and reorganised. The new framework programme for research and technical development of the European Union (HORIZON 2020) contains many links to the building sector. On a national level, the programme "City of the Future" is followed by the programme "House of the Future". Therefore the focus has shifted from the building to the quarter, the district or even the whole city.

In this challenging environment it is important to look at buildings as part of a complete system and to optimise them economically and ecologically, thus maximizing their functionality and comfort for the user.

Initiates file downloadCall for Abstracts   


⇒ Supply
  • What is the supply and disposal technology of sustainable buildings going to look like with regard to construction, use and dismantling? 
  • How can natural resources like solar and geothermal energy, rain water, alternative fuels etc. be used for the supply of sustainable buildings?
  • How can natural resources be used economically without subsidies and under changing market conditions?
  • Which storage technologies can be used? On which level can these storage facilities be applied in an optimal way?
  • Are buildings of the future going to change from being consumers to being suppliers?
  • Apart from supply, can buildings assume other functions (like the controlling power range for  electricity, gas and heat) in the complete system?
  • How can a comprehensive optimization of energy sources be achieved?
⇒ Use
  • What impact do developments in the building sector have on the comfort, the satisfaction and the well-being of users?
  • What role does the user play with regard to the functionality of the building?
  • How can the user be motivated to use the building in a sustainable way?
  • How can the changing requirements of users over the whole life span be taken into consideration already during the planning phase of the building?
  • Which evaluation methods and criteria are available or necessary for the implementation?
  • Can these evaluation methods be standardized and comprised in an overall assessment?
  • Which controlling and monitoring tools are available already and what will their significance be in the future?
⇒ Integration
  • What does the interface between buildings and their surroundings look like?
  • How can this interface be defined and used in the best possible way?
  • How can synergies between a building and its surroundings be used?
  • How can the change to a sustainable settlement pattern be achieved without impacting the surroundings of a building in a negative way?
  • What information / resources / tools are available or necessary to optimize the interaction of various technologies with regard to energy efficiency, costs and ecological sustainability?


Contributions can address new developments as well as all types of existing buildings.
Contributions on innovative concepts, product innovation and best practice examples are welcome.
Seize your chance to present your research findings and experiences at E-Nova 2014 and get in touch with national and international experts!

Call for Abstracts

Seize your chance to present your research findings and experiences at E-Nova 2014 and get in touch with national and international experts! We kindly request you to use following template for your submission: Initiates file downloade-nova_abstract_english.doc.


For abstract and paper submission please use our online conference management system Conftool accessible via our conference website. After registration you may submit your abstracts.


Submit your abstract via the following link: Opens external link in new windowConftool

In case your contribution will be selected by the Congress Committee you will have to declare that you have full rights on the content of your paper and that you do not violate any property rights upon uploading the full paper. You will also have to agree to transfer the full copyright of your paper as well as the allowance to print and publish as hardcopy and electronically (PDF-File, e.g. on CD, USB-Stick or as internet download) to Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH.