The research of this institute aims to reduce the energy consumption of buildings and increase indoor climate quality. This energy-focussed consideration of buildings comprises the generation of energy and its distribution, the storage of energy and its dispensation to the room as well as the thermal behavior of the construction body and the building envelope.
Unlike other energy approaches typically applied nowadays, Professor Müller uses an exergybased analytical technology which, in particular, involves sensible utilization chains for energy transformation. This method enables a thermodynamically valid evaluation of the entire energy supply chain – starting from the supply structure and the energy transformation chain extending down to the energy streams within a building.
In all methods for reducing the energy requirements of buildings, the planned research work will always compare the expenditure (energy) with the benefit (climate comfort), so that new concepts for the supply of buildings can be compared with existing solutions. New developments have to account for future needs and requirements.