WISBA, the Wienerberger Sustainable Building Academy, is an international education program in the field of sustainable building that first was implemented in January 2013 by including 12 students with four students each selected from the target countries Austria, Germany and Poland. In the first round scholars visited 6 events in total, i.e. a start conference in close cooperation with the Sustainable Building Conference 2013 hosted by the TU Graz, four workshops in Hanover/Germany, Brussels/Belgium, Vienna/Austria and Warsaw/Poland as well as a result conference again in Vienna/Austria.
WISBA is dedicated to students of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering who are outstandingly motivated in the field of sustainable building and wish to extend their knowledge and experience in this area. The participating countries change every year with the aim to disseminate the core topic Sustainable Building more widely.
WISBA´s main objectives are to re-vitalize brick education as part of the university program, to identify high potentials for Wienerberger and to create knowledge through project works realized by the scholars.
The training program consists of different modules (start conference, three workshops, result conference) and research projects on sustainable building topics that are carried out by the students during this period.
The start conference gives an overview on and transfers knowledge in the field of sustainable building as well as provides specific information on the topics for the research projects.
In order to gain additional value, students attend three workshops to work on their project topic while being supervised and advised by national committees in the respective countries.
During a result conference the students will present their project work in front of their mentors who evaluate the results.
The project work is designed for groups of 4 students, ideally a mix of students of architecture as well as civil and environmental engineering. Each group of 4 international participants will work on one specific project topic during the whole semester. During the workshops each of the project topics will be discussed and the students will be coached by the national committee of the inviting country. The student groups will present the current status of their work, and input on all project topics will be provided by the hosting national committee. The project topics correspond to current developments in the area of sustainable building at the European level and focal points of the Wienerberger Group. Scientific theory in the field of sustainable building will be linked with practical experience.