“Buildings represent one of the areas with the largest potential for energy saving and reduction of the impact of human activities on the environment. To use this potential to its maximum, we need to adopt an integrated approach to all phases of a building's life cycle, both for existing and new buildings.”
Professor Zdeněk Bittnar, Centre's founder
UCEEB was founded as an independent institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague under the auspices of four departments – Civil engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. The Centre's goal is to leverage synergy effects of research activities of the individual departments which are related to energy efficient buildings.
UCEEB is a reaction to one of the European Union's largest priorities aimed at optimisation of energy efficiency of buildings. The new centre should also have better opportunities to participate in European scientific projects, such as the Joint Technology Initiative on Energy Efficient Buildings, which is based on the EU's targets for carbon dioxide emissions.
It is clear that sustainable building is not just a trend or fashion, but a necessity. That is why we look at energy efficient buildings as a whole.