»Environmental Design Strategies«

Learn to optimize the environmental performance of buildings to design sustainable buildings for the future

The building sector is responsible for a large proportion of the world’s consumption of energy and resources, and has a significant environmental impact Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and architects and planners have a great influence on the environmental performance of a building from the very beginning of the planning process. In a short design phase of several months, they define the environmental impacts a building will have over the next fifty or one hundred years.

This course teaches how to optimize the environmental performance of building design using digital tools and design strategies. The theoretical background will be given in form of short input presentations by different experts. This mini-lectures include cycle-orientated design concepts, cradle to cradle, reuse, energy and resource efficiency, and life cycle assessment. In addition, various tool for environmental performance assessment will be introduced, e.g. eLCA, CAALA, Grasshopper plugins including ArchSim/Diva/Ladybug/Honeybee. These approaches and tools will be directly applied within this course for a small design project.

Small interdisciplinary teams develop their own sustainable design. During the project short presentations to other workshop members will provided the possibility to learn from other groups and their background knowledge. The design will be presented at the end of the summer school and summarized and published in a brochure. 

Educational target: 

  • You know design strategies for sustainable buildings.
  • You are able to design buildings for reuse and recycling.
  • You are able to optimize the environmental performance of building designs.

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consultaion. We will be happy to help you. 

The course schedule is available. You can download it here.

Please note: This is a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.

Dr. Alexander Hollberg | www.caala.de

*1985 in Heidelberg

  • since 2017: Postdoc at the Chair of Sustainable Construction, ETH Zurich
  • 2016: Ph.D. at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2016: Founder of CAALA, Software for real-time life cycle analysis in architectural design
  • since 2012: Research assistant, Chair of Structural Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2009 - 2011: Master of Science in archineering, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2005 - 2008: Bachelors of Science in civil engineering, TU München

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Linda Hildebrand | www.rb.rwth-aachen.de


  • since 2016: board member AktivPlus e.V. 
  • since 2014: Junior Professorship Cycle Oriented Construction, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen
  • 2014: Ph.D. at Faculty Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft
  • 2009 - 2014: Research assistant TU Delft
  • since 2009: Consulting for ecological building concepts
  • 2008 - 2011: Teaching assistant for sustainable construction, Detmolder School of Architecture and Interior Design
  • 2008: Assistance to the Management, Institute for Energy Simulation, Cologne
  • 2003 - 2008: studied Architecture at Detmolder School of Architecture and Interior Design, Detmold

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.


The course addresses Master students in the field of architecture, urbanism, civil engineering, construction management or similar. 


Please bring a laptop with you. 

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf document via email:

  • Curriculum vitae: max. 2 pages
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Motivational Letter: Why do you want to participate in this course? (500 words)

Please note the following:

  • All application documents submitted as one pdf document (max. 5 MB)
  • Name of pdf document »Envirionmental_Design_Strategies_family name_first name«
  • Email with subject »EApplication Environmental Design Strategies«
Only complete and correctLy Named applications will be considered!

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 16 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

»Environmental Design Strategies«

6 - 18 August 2017
3 Credit Points (ECTS)

Last minute special offer: 30% discount on the course fee (applies to new registrations only). The deadline for registrations and applications is Sunday 9 July at noon (12 pm).

700 EUR regular fee | -30% = 490 EUR
500 EUR reduced fee | -30% = 350 EUR
300 EUR BUW fee | -30% = 210 EUR

Are you looking for accommodation for your stay in Weimar? Then look no further! Reserve a room with us!

Last minute special offer! 30% discount on the course fee for all new registrations and applications. Deadline: 9 July 2017.