5th International Summer School on Sustainable Buildings for Europe

September 28 – October 7, 2016
University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (Pinkafeld Campus)
Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH

Sponsored by CEEPUS

Scientific and technological advances are essential to addressing the energy challenges of the future, in which global energy needs will more than double by 2050. This summer school will provide an overview of current issues and sustainable technologies in the energy cycle from generation to utilization

Topics central to the course include energy efficiency of buildings, opportunities and limitations of renewable energy technologies as well as ecological assessment of energy systems. 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. Course leaders and guest lecturers cover a broad spectrum of international experience.

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.

Registration is required and open to science, architecture and engineering students enrolled at the participating universities. International students are entitled to apply for a CEEPUS grant. Being nominated by your CEEPUS coordinator is a prerequisite, so if interested, please, contact your CEEPUS coordinator. Please apply for a grant only if you have serious interest in renewable energy research applied to construction and in working in an international and interdisciplinary environment.

The language of the summer school is English. Enrolment is limited.

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)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture (Hungary)
  • University of Pécs, Pollack Mihály 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%) – grades will be determined based on teachers’ evaluation
  • final group presentation   (50%) – grades will be determined based on panel’s evaluation


Initiates file downloadItinerary SoHo 2016 (.pdf) 

Highlights of the Summer School 2016


PANNONEUM School of Business and Tourism in Neusiedl am See


Fieldtrip: Absolutely Self-sufficient Plus House in Trausdorf

The ASPH in Trausdorf has been built to serve as a model. It is powered exclusively by solar energy all year round. A 7 kWp photovoltaic system provides enough energy for the whole house due to a multiple storage system (electric storage + thermal storage). Comfortable living is thus ensured even in bad weather conditions.

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All invited and registered students from the partner universities will receive a cheque of 470€ from CEEPUS on arrival. The endowment is to cover:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Travel costs to and from Pinkafeld
  • Summer school fee: 70€ (paid on arrival)


In one of the dormitories of Pinkafeld: Step Gästehäuser

Please, arrange accommodation directly by writing to the dormitory
Contact: Mr. Mayr officespamfilter@step-pinkafeldspamfilter.at
Please, add to your email that you will be attending the “Summer school at FH Pinkafeld 2016” to avoid confusion.

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: officespamfilter@step-pinkafeldspamfilter.at

Summer school venue

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Host Town

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  • Prof.(FH) Dr. Éva Fernández-Berkes, 
    Campus Pinkafeld
    Telefon: +43 5 7705-4132
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