Since 2007, the Fraunhofer IAO with the help of the joint research project developing”future construction” (FUCON) an innovation network to construct methods and strategies for the sustainable building of tomorrow. In addition to the Fraunhofer IAO, among others also Schuco, ThyssenKrupp, and the Institute for construction management of the University of Stuttgart in this network participate. The current research projects have their priorities in building strategic innovation management and the knowledge-based planning methods of digital production. The scenarios is designed for the construction industry of the future deal among other things with the theme parametric age 2020. There the possibilities for individual building are explored using innovative processes, to meet future highest customer and environmental requirements. Also, part of FUCON is building the innovation radar. This acts as a kind of library of all construction innovations and thus supports the various processes of construction planning and building research. Intelligent energy systems and greater safety in tunnels by wireless sensors the efficient use of renewable energies is a research focus of the Fraunhofer ISE.
The development of intelligent energy systems to ensure the sustainable production and use of renewable energy. The modern information and communication systems of the Fraunhofer ISE can also untapped potential and thus gradually build up a sustainable energy system. With the SmartEnergyLab, a State of the art test laboratory for energy systems in the distribution network, homes can also smart, smart grid technologies are effectively analyzed and be developed further. The Fraunhofer EMI developed an energy self-sufficient wireless sensor network in cooperation with the Institute for Microsystem Technology (IMTEK) the University of Freiburg and the EnOcean GmbH. This can improve safety in tunnels or collapse-prone buildings sustainably. Each wireless sensor node are incorporating into the walls of a building and provide a timely and clear assessment that significantly improved the safety of evacuation and rescue operations in the event of an emergency.
The effectiveness of energy-autonomous wireless sensor network could already be detected in a large-scale trial. Systematic examination of buildings in r & d Fraunhofer Alliance construction the Fraunhofer alliance building for more information about research & development of the Fraunhofer alliance building in the area includes 16 research institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Spread over 27 locations in Germany and two locations in the United States more than 4,800 employees in the institutions of the Alliance work. Objective of the alliance building is significant as research-relevant issues about building completely within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to represent and edit. As an interdisciplinary organization acting as an interface between business, research and policy. The Fraunhofer-Allianz building acts also as indicator and initiator of new and innovative topics related to the research of construction of. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft operates more than 80 research institutions, of which 60 institutions in Germany. More than 18,000 employees and staff, predominantly with natural or engineering and scientific education, edit the annual research budget of 1.7 billion euros.