Energy-efficient construction – model house in Malaysia

Now that Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences is offering a successful Master’s degree course in “Energy-Efficient Construction”, more research is to be carried out on this topic. The core of this measure is the joint development of a green-tech centre with a model house.

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Energy-efficient model house with test rooms for energy and indoor climate studies © Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences

The goal is to assist German universities and research institutions with the set-up of sustainable research facilities in south-east Asia. The measure is intended to serve as the basis for a long-term German commitment to research and development in the region while helping to open up new markets for companies.

A house as a research and teaching object

Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences is cooperating with local partners (including the University of Kuala Lumpur) to build a house that is to be a model of energy-efficient construction in tropical conditions. This house will serve as a research and teaching object while providing a showcase for the strength and innovativeness of German industry. The prototype may also help expand R&D networks in south-east Asia.

Outstanding results and successes of the measure

Just 16 months into the project, it is well on track for success.

  • Key players in the fields of research, industry and administration have been integrated into the network.
  • The Malaysian construction planning authority is holding out the prospect of research funding as part of “Construction Industry Master Plan 2”. This means the project could also directly influence the legislative framework as it relates to energy-efficient construction.
  • Local partners are providing a base and other resources for the model house.
  • The successful Master’s degree course is to be joined by BSc and PhD courses; the model house will provide practical orientation.


DLR Project Management Agency
European and International Cooperation
Dr. Ludwig Kammesheidt
Tel: +49 228 3821-1729