HFT Stuttgart is a leading University of Applied Sciences in the building sector, founded in 1832, and today carrying out research and teaching in HFTcivil engineering, building physics, geo informatics, architecture and design, mathematics and computer science.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology Research (zafh.net) within HFT Stuttgart was established in 2002 and is directed by Prof. Dr. habil Ursula Eicker, who is also the coordinator of the SIM4BLOCKS project. About 40 scientists work on urban energy concepts in national and international projects. The research focus of zafh.net is the optimisation of energy supply and distribution systems and the improvement the energy efficiency of both individual buildings and districts. To better match fluctuating supply and demand, simulation-based energy management solutions are developed. Simulation frameworks for renewable components as well as larger scale 3D geometry based urban models are available and have been applied for urban energy concepts. For larger groups of buildings automatised processes were developed for neighbourhood management systems with the use of 3D City Models based on CityGML for energy demand, PV and solar thermal potential simulations. Other activities are centred on the development of renewable energy conversion systems for heating, cooling and electricity generation, including solutions for building integration.

Key personnel

Ursula Eicker – ursula.eicker@hft-stuttgart.de

Malcolm Van Yadack – malcolm.yadack@hft-stuttgart.de

Gabi Erhardt – gabriele.erhardt@hft-stuttgart.de