The institute…

develops and collects strategies for resource-saving construction and usage. Designers, architects and urbanists are dedicated to researching, conserving and activating energy stored in various materials—the so-called »grey energy«. This resource is considered crucial for sustainable economies and construction, but it is non-renewable. That is why we are initiating a radical change in the way we have dealt with it so far. We are looking for potential energy—and finding it in the many ample and unused existing buildings and brownfield sites in rural regions.