7th International Summer School on Sustainable Buildings for Europe

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September 26 – October 5, 2018
University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (Pinkafeld Campus)

Sponsored by CEEPUS

Scientific and technological advances are essential to addressing energy challenges of the future, in which global energy needs will more than double by 2050. This summer school will provide an overview of renewable energy sources used in construction and building retrofitting and sustainable technologies.

General information

The summer school is a 10-day residential programme organized by the Department of Energy and Environmental Management of the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (Austria) at its Pinkafeld campus.

The summer school is implemented into the curriculum for students of the UAS Burgenland, therefore attendance is required (Sept. 27 – Oct. 5, Saturday included). Foreign students from partner universities have to apply and register to be eligible for a CEEPUS grant to cover travel and maintenance costs. Registration is open to science, architecture and engineering students enrolled at the participating universities.

The language of the summer school is English.

Topics central to the course include renewable resources, such as heat pumps, biomass and photovoltaics, opportunities and limitations of such renewable energy technologies, as well as energy efficiency of buildings and ecological assessment of energy systems. Course leaders and guest lecturers cover a broad spectrum of international experience. Apart from the theoretical input, the aim of the school is to offer some practical solutions, especially with the help of laboratory work and field trips.

The main emphasis of the summer school is on the elaboration of a design plan in international project teams guided by one of the invited professors whose expertise will help students from different fields and countries to find creative solutions to a concrete task. The date of the group presentations of the elaborated project in front of a scientific panel and fellow participants is Oct. 5.

However, the real highlight of the summer school is a planned field trip with a festive banquet to which all participants will be invited not only to facilitate cultural exchange but also to make this cooperative work more fun. 

Host university:

  • University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Department of Energy and Environmental Sciences (Austria)

Partner universities

  • University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Slovenia)
  • University of Maribor, Faculty of Architecture (Slovenia)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture (Hungary)
  • University of Pécs, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (Hungary)
  • Slovak University of Technology (Slovakia)
  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering (Czech Republic)

Requirements and evaluation

The Summer School includes an amount of 60 teaching hours. Participation and fulfilment of requirements assure the completion of 4 ECTS credits at your home university. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the school. To be qualified the following requirements are to be met:

  • attendance and participation in classes, workshops and lab practices (50%)
  • final group presentation (50%)


Initiates file downloadItinerary 2018

Highlights of the Summer School 2018

Cultural trip to the UHUDLER STURMFEST

The program includes a cultural trip to Heiligenbrunn, famous for its viticulture of the UHUDLER wine. It is also a unique place with its old cellars with thatched roofs, beloved by tourists who come from everywhere to see the sight. We are planning to visit the STURMFEST in the historic cellar district, the feast of the new wine to give the participants an insight of the flair of South-Burgenland.

Opens external link in new windowhttp://www.kellerviertel-heiligenbrunn.at/

Uhudler (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Uhudler is a unique wine from Austria, which originates in the Südburgenland region. In appearance it is often a rosé colour, but is also made as a white wine. It has intense flavours of strawberry and black currants, a characteristic taste often called "foxy" in wine parlance. The grape varieties used are highly resistant to phylloxera and other diseases; as a result they do not often have to be sprayed with pesticides. They also require little fertilization because of their vigorous growth.

Sturm (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Federweisser (also Federweißer , from German Feder, "feather", and weiß, "white"; from the appearance of the suspended yeast, also known as Sturm, from German Sturm, “storm” in Austria), is an alcoholic beverage, typically 4% alcohol by volume, but it's not uncommon to see Federweißer in the region of 10% alcohol by volume. It is the product of fermented freshly pressed grape juice, known as must. The term in principle includes all stages of fermentation from must to finished wine. 


Fieldtrip to REHAU

Our fieldtrip this year takes us to the REHAU Campus in Guntramsdorf, where we spend the whole day listening to and looking at innovative solutions in building technologies. Opens external link in new windowwww.rehau.com/at-de/campus


In one of the dormitories of Pinkafeld: Step Gästehäuser

Please, arrange accommodation directly by writing to the dormitory
Contact: Mr. Mayr office[at]step-pinkafeld.at
Please, add to your email that you will be attending the “Summer school at FH Pinkafeld 2018” to facilitate identification.

step Gästehaus 1
Steinamangerstraße 1
7423 Pinkafeld

step Gästehaus 3
Zum Hallenbad
7423 Pinkafeld

step Gästehäuser Pinkafeld
Steinamangerstraße 2
7423 Pinkafeld

Tel.: +43 (0)3357/46216 oder 03357/46274
Fax: +43 (0)3357/46274-9
E-mail: office[at]step-pinkafeld.at

Summer school venue

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Host Town

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