Wissenstransfer für Leichtbau im Bauwesen (WiTra-LB)
Background and Motivation
In recent years, research institutions, such as University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute Centre (IZS) have produced a unique knowledge base in the field of sustainable construction. Research findings have already been implemented through projects in collaboration with companies in the construction sector in Baden-Württemberg in order to achieve technical improvements, reduce the consumption of resources, and to make their potential available for the economy and the environment. The basic results of these projects are often transferable and thus contribute to the sustainable development of the federal state and the business location. In this context, the innovations can be used as innovation seeds to future-proof individual actors in addition to supporting the sustainability potential. Up until now, the development of this potential has been insufficient, because small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in particular often have only limited possibilities to provide their own research funding. This means that the high initial outlay for entry into the topics of lightweight construction and sustainability stands in the way of implementation across the breadth of Baden-Württemberg's SMEs.
The project aims at providing small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction sector access to particularly relevant aspects of this knowledge base via an interactive web platform in order to make it effectively usable and thus to improve innovation and competitiveness of enterprises. With well-founded scientific findings on innovative materials and processes in the context of lightweight construction in the construction sector and on the planning of sustainable buildings, quarters and cities, the platform addresses important issues for the future. The findings support companies in driving forward the development and application of resource- and emission-reduced building products and thus help to overcome economic uncertainties with innovative solutions. The findings support companies in advancing the development and application of resource- and emission-reduced building products and thus help to overcome economic uncertainties with innovative solutions. Also regarding the uncertainty caused by the current climate change debate, the platform will create a transparent basis for knowledge-based entrepreneurial action.
IBP Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics
IAO Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering
ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart
Prof. A. Menges
ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart
Prof. J. Knippers, Jun.-Prof. H. Dahy
ILEK Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design
Dr. W. Haase
VISUS Visualization Research Center
Prof. D. Weiskopf
Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Württemberg