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User comfort through low-tech concepts in buildings

The aim of the exploratory study is to identify and develop strategies that positively influence both user-friendliness and user comfort in buildings by implementing simple, robust technology concepts.


In a first step, relevant national and international studies on the topics of low-tech / high-tech and the associated parameters of user comfort and acceptance are reviewed and analysed. The technical subject area of the research primarily concerns the coherent definition of low-tech / high-tech concepts and the "depth of technologisation of the building". At the same time, an evaluation grid is being created, which can be used to assess buildings with low-tech aspects in terms of user comfort and acceptance, taking into account energy requirements and life cycle costs.

The evaluation grid subsequently supports the selection of properties in whose environment empirical surveys are carried out. For this purpose, technical data such as energy requirements in use are collected and interviews are conducted with planners, users, property managers, facility managers and authorities.

The knowledge gained can serve as a basis for the creation of guidelines and for the planning of new buildings and comprehensive revitalisations with low technical effort and high user comfort at the same time.

Project team

IBO – Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH (Lead)

Technikum Wien GmbH


teamgmi Ingenieurbüro GmbH

Research period

September 2019 – April 2021

Funding Institutions

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Future Building Innovation Programme

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