Buildings will take on a new role in future energy systems, both in connection with and through interaction with the infrastructures that provide energy. In addition to increased efficiency and a reduction of energy consumption in the building stock, new buildings must have increased flexibility, i.e. increased adaptability, to base energy consumption on the levels of energy currently available. Inthe future, buildings, communities and entire city districts will move from being energy consumers to decentralised power plants. As plus-energy districts, they can be integrated into the energy system across sectors to ensure that production and consumption are balanced on a local level.
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action has put together a webinar highlighting activities of the Technology Collaboration Programme on Buildings and Communities (EBC TCP) as well as results from Austrian R&D projects funded within the Austrian research and technology programme “City of Tomorrow”. The research initiative Green Energy Lab funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund will round up the programme, that targets an audience coming from city (planning administration, companies involved in building and energy research and innovation, and representatives from industrial and economic associations.