Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knaack
Professor for Façade Structures
Against the background of ever more complex system solutions and increasingly elaborate planning services and certification methods, teachings related to the building envelope are embedded in the basic studies of a BSc curriculum as well as in the advanced studies of the MSc curriculum.
In addition to imparting a basic understanding of building physical principles and the according requirements, principles and systems, the range of systematic solutions as well as the possibilities of individual engineering solutions is introduced. The objective is to create an understanding of the possible potential and technologies as well as a constructive approach and handling of façade technology.
In the field of research the group of engineers and designers deal with the building envelope in its entirety – from the skeleton-like structure to solid constructions as well as their reaction coupling to the overall construction and energy performance. Hereby, the focus lies on fundamental research and industry oriented product research and development.
Current topics of interest lie in the field of integrating building services and building envelope; the evaluation of constructions against the background of material-bound energy and new concepts for construction and connection means as well as material and construction developments using the example of additive manufacturing technologies.