Opening of the new experimental hall "Energy-efficient building" and symposium "Thermal comfort"

  Copyright: Bartikowski

On 14th of November 2018, the EBC and the Institute for Energy Efficient Building (e3d) celebrated the inauguration of their new 800 square metre test hall with around 220 guests.

For the EBC from Mechanical Engineering and e3d from Civil Engineering, the hall is an important step towards the further expansion of the cooperation between the two faculties for interdisciplinary energy research and for the creation of new exchange and teaching formats. The construction of the hall was made possible by the financial support of the participating institutes as well as grants from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Rectorate of RWTH Aachen University and the Heinz Trox Foundation.

After greetings from the Rector of the RWTH, the faculties and the FGK, the keys were ceremonially handed over to the new users Prof. Müller and Prof. van Treeck. The two institutes see research for a healthier living space in the city of tomorrow as the goal for the new experimental facility.

The first new research infrastructure will be the Urban Energy Lab 4.0, coordinated by the EBC with the participation of the Faculties of Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. This is a project funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) with a total of 4.9 million euros. Using a hardware-in-the-loop approach, an energy supply system with the size of an entire city is brought into the laboratory and the interdisciplinary and synergetic interaction of construction technology, technical building equipment, network planning and automation is mapped.

Following the opening, the two institutes, supported by the Heinz Trox Foundation, hosted the international symposium "Thermal Comfort". Eight speakers from five countries gave an insight into current research work in the field of thermal comfort.