Ben Guerir - Morocco

Green and smart building park

Planning support and capacity building

IRESEN's office and research campus

IRESEN is a Moroccan research institute created in 2011 by the Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment. In order to support the construction of their research and office campus the German development agency GIZ launched an international tender, which the Austrian Institute of Technology won. 

The project was spanning a wide area of topics, from consultancy on laboratory & smart grid test infrastructure, sustainable construction and energy efficiency, indoor comfort, research topic development and construction of various living lab test-houses. 

In 2019 IRESEN hosted the first Solar Decathlon Africa within its Green and Smart Building park. ECOB’s very own Philip Horn was invited as a Jury member to this remarkable event.

Project brief


Auditing and improving the design of the net zero energy campus

Developing of BIPV, smart building and energy management solutions

Conception of smart grid and sustainable construction test labs

Capacity building for IRESEN staff and local businesses


Scientific planning support for the Architects, HVAC planner and owner

Capacity building by project based education as well as workshops (i.e. sustainable design, simulations, energy management systems)

Consultancy on:

•  envelope design & materials

•  HVAC technologies & control concepts

•  passive strategies & day lighting

Our Role

As part of  AIT:

Coordinating the project for several month

Organizing several workshops & seminars in Morocco

Reviewing & optimizing the architectural and HVAC design

Conducting CFD studies to identify suitable HVAC options for a highly glazed exhibition hall

Holistically optimizing the whole campus using dynamic thermal simulations

Project Partners

More of our work

Post am Rochus front view by night. Photo by HABAU

Integral Planning & commissioning

Optimization of control strategies including virtual testing on real hardware for the Austrian postal services headquarter.

International Summer University

Award winning Green.Building.Solutions. teaching sustainable construction to Master and PhD students.

Mosque in Kasachstan.© David Michulec NEUBAU

Positive Energy Mosque

First mosque in the world with a positive electricity balance in the harsh climate of Kazakhstan.

Austria Campus ©SIGNA

LEED Simulations for a campus

Dynamic thermal simulations for five building blocks including its’ own district heating & cooling network