8th International Summer School on Sustainable Buildings for Europe

September 18 – 27, 2019
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. 18-27, 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.

Specifics on our Summer School

Topics central to the course include renewable energy 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. Our objective is to offer students the unique opportunity to work in internationally diverse groups in an interdisciplinary manner.

However, it is not only the acquired technical know-how but also the personal immersion into an international environment that makes the summer school decidedly an unforgettable experience. The project work will provide for the majority of the participants the first real-life chance to work on a technical design with experts and would-be experts from different disciplines, who have diverse cultural backgrounds, thus customs and working methods.

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, 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 about 60 teaching hours. Participation and fulfilment of requirements assure the completion of 4 ECTS credits. 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%)


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

Campus Pinkafeld

Host Town

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