The autartec® Innovative Regional Growth Core is developing function-bearing structural components for the largely autonomous supply of buildings and settlements with power, heat and water.

The aim of the project consortium consisting of SMEs, engineering offices, research institutions and future end users is to modify and improve existing technologies for solar heat and power generation, decentralized storage, microfiltration and purification so that they can be integrated into the structural components of buildings. This approach guarantees that the technology does not encroach on the living space of buildings equipped with this kind of technology, and that synergies in terms of construction physics can be used.

The project is funded by the German Federal Minstry for Education and Research BMBF and comprises three cooperative sub-projects.

Sub-Project I

Functionally Integrated Textile-Reinforced Concrete Building Components Textilbeton

This sub-project, which is led by AIB GmbH, centers on appropriate technologies for functionally integrated components. The research focuses on the engineering of solutions for textile-reinforced conrete components and comprises a multitude of topics in the field of construction, such as:

  • Architectural concept of the building
  • Development of a basic object shape for functionally integrated components
  • Development of a wall system, storage stairs and floats based on the adapted and functionalized basic object shape


Sub-project II

Structurally Integratable Utilities Systems

In order to be 100 percent autonomous in terms of the supply of power, heat, cooling and water, complex faciilities are necessary that require disproportionately high investments.  

Sub-project II, which is led by the Fraunhofer IVI, comprises all research tasks concerned with finding solutions for issues of energy and utilities supply and with designing and building the corresponding equipment and facilities. The following topics are addressed:

  • Function-bearing components of the electrical and thermal supply system
  • Water treatment and wastewater purification
  • Cross-component control module

Sub-Project III

autartec® Technology Platform: Basics of Function-Bearing Structures in Terms of Construction and Production

Due to the comprehensive demand for autonomy, the lightweight design using textile-reinforced concrete and other lightweight materials, and the sheer size and volume of facilities to be integrated, the project is faced with a broad spectrum of scientific and technological issues. The most prominent of these are issues of static, buoyancy, optimal configuration of energy generators, healthy indoor climate, effects of weather and climate as well as the compliance with energy policy regulations.

In order to address these issues, sub-project III is divided into the five following focus topics:

  • Development of architectural foundations and foundations of construction engineering,
  • Lightweight sandwich structures,
  • Concept and design studies,
  • Methods for production and logistics, and
  • autartec® design and simulation tools.

The autartec® technologies will be implemented in a demonstrator building for autonomus living with an architecturally pioneering design.

Design – FreiLichtHaus

Settlements close to the shore and especially the so-called »floating architecture« offers both freedom for creative design and favorable conditions for at least the semi-autonomous supply with energy and water. Based on these assumptions, a design for a floating house has been developed in which the integration of the individual autartec® components will be tested and demonstrated.  

The autartec®-FreiLichtHaus design concept, a floating house situated in the Neue Landschaft Lausitz, is a symbol of a liberal and autonomous lving culture spanning three interdependent utilities sectors: electric energy, thermal energy, and water treatment.

The building's three interpenetrating cubes mirror the corresponding areas of autonomy. The sculptural appearance of the building is topologically structured into different surfaces that are optimally positioned for their respective energy intake. The design will be executed by an expert in the field of floating homes, Thomas Wilde, CEO of Wilde Metallbau GmbH, in cooperation with the other project partners. Together, they will integrate the autartec®-technologies in the demonstrator building until the project end in 2017.

The autartec®-FreiLichtHaus design was nominated for the 2015 Brandenburg Design Award and was presented at the 2015 BauenKaufenWohnen trade fair (Building, Buying, Living) in Dresden.   


The autartec® consortium consists of 15 members and one associated member. It comprises research institutions, SMEs, engineering offices and future end users.

A list of all partners, their profiles and their work can be found under the following link: