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Zero Emission Concept

Due to the extensive utilisation of sustainable technologies, ECB is the first Zero-Emission Campus in Germany. Energy and heat are supplied by a neighbouring biomass combined heat and power station, which uses waste wood and biogas as primary energy source. Innovative building standards and environmental technologies legitimate the claim of being a real Zero-Emission Campus. Students live and learn at a unique university.

Special technical features include:

  • Ground collectors/ supply with outside air,
  • Heat eychanger for outgoing air,
  • Solid absorber for execc heat utilization,
  • Transparent thermal isolation, e.g. in front of massive walls,
  • Daylight guidance systems,
  • Automatic aeration system,
  • Solar collectors and cells (photovoltaics, solar-thermal), and
  • Storm water system.

For a detailed description of ECB's technical features please click here.

For a live-action exhibit of ECB's energy generation please click here.

ECB is the only entirely environmentally oriented university in Germany and combines future oriented research institutions with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal university.

All courses mainly focus on environmental issues and try to implement the approach of Sustainable Development. Life Cycle Assessment, Integrated Product Planning, Material Flow Management, Sustainable Balanced Scorecard and Eco-Management are only some of widely used key words expressing very well the mentality at ECB. Environmental protection is always the link between technical, economic, or legal courses of studies.

In co-operation with industry and municipalities ECB places emphasis on developing strategic networks. Currently around 2500 students are enrolled at ECB in several programs (for more information visit the ECB website).

Trier University of Applied Sciences, on-site Environmental-Campus Birkenfeld, is a legal public university according to § 4 I of the Law of Universities of Applied Sciences in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The university is listed at the official website of the Association of Universities and other higher education institutions in Germany.