More than 900 examples built in Austria
AUSTRIAN GREEN PLANET BUILDING focuses on foreign countries and relies therein on the national quality seal of klimaaktiv for the quality criteria to be applied. In Austria, more than 900 buildings have been planned and constructed according to the klimaaktiv quality criteria for construction and renovation. These include universities such as the refurbishment of the Technical University of Innsbruck (Upper Austria) or the plus-energy building of the Technical University of Vienna, residential buildings of various sizes and construction methods all over Austria as well as numerous office buildings and company headquarters, e.g. the high rise buildig of Raiffeisen in Vienna.
A small selection of particularly impressive projects will be presented here. This shortlist is not intended to be a ranking of the best projects in Austria; it merely shows how various the utilisations, building sizes and regional distribution within Austria is. A complete and constantly growing documentation of all buildings can be found in the building database - only in German of klimaaktiv.
RAIFFEISEN CLIMATE PROTECTION TOWER VIENNA, Vienna
The Raiffeisen Climate Protection Tower is located on the site of the former OPEC building on the Vienna Danube Canal. The Raiffeisen Climate Protection Tower is the most ambitious high-rise in Europe in terms of climate protection at the time of its completion in 2011. It was the only passive office tower in the world that was actually certified and comprehensively tested according to the strict criteria of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt.
PLUSENERGY OFFICE BUILDING TU VIENNA, Vienna
The Plusenergy Office Tower of the Technical University Vienna is the first office tower worldwide with the claim to feed more energy into the power grid than is needed for building operation AND use. What makes it so special is that it is not a new building, the former chemical high-rise of the TU Vienna was completely renovated.
KARL LANDSTEINER PRIVATE UNIVERSITY, Lower Austria
Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian Nobel Prize winner in medicine, is the name patron of the new Private Medical University on the Campus Krems (Danube University Krems and IMC FH Krems). In addition to extremely low energy consumption, the new building in passive house quality offers comprehensively optimised building qualities.
SANKT GEORGSHAUS TRAUNSTEIN, Lower Austria
The extension and comprehensive renovation of the Sankt Georgshaus Traunstein is a high-quality reorientation of an existing building complex in passive house quality. The building has already been extended several times in the past, in its new form it should provide new accents next to a centuries-old vicarage without affecting the historical ensemble.
PASSIVE HOUSE RENOVATION INNSBRUCK, Tyrol
NEUE HEIMAT TIROL built 32 new rental apartments on Bruckner Strasse, Hugo-Wolf-Strasse and Viktor-Dankl-Strasse in Innsbruck as part of a building extension. In addition, the existing properties with a total of 95 apartments were energetically renovated.
JUSTICE BUILDING SALZBURG, Salzburg
The Salzburg Justice Building is a remarkable, historical building complex in a prominent location in the centre of Salzburg. The property has been fitted out with new, contemporary qualities according to the plans of the Viennese architects Franz&Sue. In addition to the outstanding renovation, a new connecting structure was added, which harmonises perfectly with the heritage-protected building.
STUDENT HOSTEL MINEROOM LEOBEN, Styria
With a floor space of almost 6,000 m², the "mineroom Leoben" is the world's largest student residence in mixed wood construction and passive house quality. The building was designed by aap.architekten ZT-GmbH.
CONGRESS CENTER ALPBACH, Tyrol
The Congress Center Alpbach is a unique venue that combines the idyll of the Alps with modern conference architecture. The "European Forum Alpbach" is an annual event attracting a great deal of attention: personalities from politics, business, civil society and science have been meeting in the Tyrolean mountain village since 1945 to discuss key issues of the future.
SEESTADT ASPERN, Vienna
The Seestadt Aspern district is one of the largest urban development projects in Europe, providing an outstanding global position in the field of smart cities and sustainable, energy-efficient buildings. The entire heat demand is provided without direct fossil fuels, and highly efficient district heating guarantees a minimum of greenhouse gas emissions. For almost a decade, all buildings have met the requirements of nearly-zero-energy buildings, which will not be mandatory in Europe until 2021. Numerous buildings also achieve passive house quality and use renewable energy sources on site.