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For the smart living lab, 2017 was certainly the year of international take-off, as well as marking the development of a true network.

First of all, Swiss participation in the international Solar Decathlon in the United States was a unique opportunity to present the knowledge and know-how of Fribourg’s smart living lab. Switzerland’s victory demonstrated the validity of the NeighborHub concept as a model of sustainable housing. The smart living lab was created from scratch in 2014. From there it grew into a consolidated academic alliance between the EPFL, the Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA‐FR) and the University of Fribourg. The smart living lab set up an inter-institutional team, built a consortium of more than 40 public and private partners, and developed facilities for students and professors to design, build, unbuild, and ship a solar-powered prototype to the United States. Winning the competition, and in particular the energy, engineering, and architectural contests, was a great reward for all of the people involved in this groundbreaking project.

Secondly, 2017 was decisive for promoting the research carried out for the smart living lab’s future building among numerous national and international publications.

Thirdly, 2017 provided an opportunity to develop numerous new interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, stimulated by the presence of a growing number of researchers within the smart living lab. The new activity report contains a list of projects, presented according to research domains and groups, as well as details about funding sources and private partnerships.

Projects include demonstrators, research and educational projects, and social and behavioral studies, plus the development of new processes and methods. Many of them include collaborations with private partners such as electricity providers, lighting manufacturers, architects, energy and life-cycle analysis experts, start-ups, and general contractors. May the future still hold decisive new partnerships for the smart living lab and its research on the architectural environment of tomorrow!

Etienne Marclay, EPFL Vice-President, and Olivier Curty, Cantonal Councilor
Co-chair of the Joint Steering Committee of the smart living lab

smart living lab at a glance

The smart living lab is a research and development center for the built environment of the future, whose aim is to achieve energy efficiency, digital transformation, and the well-being of its users. Here, interdisciplinary research projects are pursued with experiments carried out in real-life conditions. These activities involve researchers, users and companies. The smart living lab brings together the combined expertise of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR/HES-SO), and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR) in research areas such as construction technologies, well-being and behaviors, interactions and design processes, and energy systems.

The smart living lab has been housed at the blueFACTORY site in Fribourg since the end of 2015. The construction phase for the new smart living lab’s building is slated for 2020. While awaiting the final building, our research teams will maintain their offices in the blueFACTORY’s Blue Hall.

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people / FTE
21 / 18
EPFL
44 / 24
HEIA-FR
15 / 6
UNIFR
75
research projects
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research groups
37
events

research highlights

research domains

In 2017, the Scientific Commission refined its Academic Plan, identifying four key research domains within the smart living lab:

well-being and behaviors
Improve human health and comfort by optimizing indoor environmental quality and influencing behaviors in a positive way.

construction technologies
Monitor resource efficiency and accelerate processes of change in construction.

interactions and design processes
Understand and structure dialogue among stakeholders in the building lifecycle to develop the tools to design, model and operate buildings.

energy systems
Develop smart energy-efficient systems and technologies, improve their management, and anticipate legal and economic impacts.

The smart living lab will thus bring significant input on the technical, societal, and economic challenges facing the development of the built environment.

research projects

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Well-being and Behaviors
Construction Technologies
Interactions and Design Processes
Energy Systems
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EPFL SXL
EPFL FAR
EPFL Building 2050
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
HEIA-FR ENERGY
UNIFR iimt
UNIFR Human-IST
UNIFR Institute for Swiss and international construction Law
Active Interfaces
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Active Interfaces
Direction
Jean-Philippe Bacher
Team
Martin Boesiger, Philippe Couty
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
SLL Associated Research Group
EPFL LAST,EPFL PV-LAB
Academic, public and industrial Partners
CSEM, ETHZ, HSG, HSLU, SUPSI
Source of Funding
Fonds national de la recherche scientifique suisse (FNS), PNR70
Status
Ongoing
Building-integrated photovoltaic systems (BIPV) represent a potential high-growth market, with a significant impact for the economy and the Energiewende. A better understanding of technology acceptance and of the needs of the market is required in order to design optimized solutions and to ensure efficient knowledge and technology transfer. A value proposition breakdown along the value chain is essential to guarantee benefits for each actor involved. The research will focus on the systems studied and developed in the joint project, in the context of urban renewal in general and as applied to the City of Neuchâtel. Once realistic and promising value propositions are assessed for the key market segments and technologies, the project will focus on the design and implementation of communication and knowledge transfer tools.
BBDATA Big Building Data
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BBDATA Big Building Data
Direction
Jean Hennebert
Team
Jean-Philippe Bacher, Damien Vionnet, Matthieu Jourdan, Lucy Linder, Julien Esseiva
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
SLL Associated Research Group
HEIA-FR iCOSYS
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR
Research Infrastructures
Halle bleue, BBDATA
Status
Complete
BBDATA stands for Big Building Data, and is intended to develop a scalable cloud platform and tools for storing and processing smart living lab's building data. The services are targeting data access, processing, and analysis, using open, robust, standardized, and secure big-data technologies
BIM in Public Construction Law
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BIM in Public Construction Law
Direction
Martin Beyeler
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Institute for Swiss and international construction Law
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
Identification and investigation of legal issues raised through the application of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology in the construction sector, in particular in contractual, procurement, and public construction law.
BUR Build-Unbuild-Repeat
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BUR Build-Unbuild-Repeat
Direction
Corentin Fivet,Dario Redaelli
Team
Jan Bruetting, Alex Muresan, Daia Zwicky
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL SXL, HEIA-FR iTEC
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Charpentes Vial SA, Ancotech SA
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Research Infrastructures
Atelier popup
Status
Ongoing
Design of a load-bearing system for office buildings, constrained for extreme versatility and reuse.
CIMI Conception d'éléments de construction intégraux multifonctionnels innovants
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CIMI Conception d'éléments de construction intégraux multifonctionnels innovants
Direction
Daia Zwicky
Team
Elena-LaviniaNiederhäuser,Hans Büri, Mirhat Medziti, Adam Attila Meszes
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY, HEIA-FR TRANSFORM, HEIA-FR iTEC
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
Ongoing
The aim of the CIMI project is to generate recommendations for the systematic design of construction elements, taking into account multiple requirements (such as static, building physics, energy production and storage, technical installations, economic and environmental factors, and architecture) for construction designs developed using innovative new materials as well as utilizing existing construction elements for new applications. The objective is to produce buildings that respect economic criteria as well as environmental concerns.
City Pulse
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City Pulse
Direction
Jean Hennebert
Team
Florinel Radu, Jean-Philippe Bacher, Jonathan Parrat
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM, HEIA-FR ENERGY
SLL Associated Research Group
HEIA-FR iCoSys
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
New
Road traffic has a considerable impact on the comfort and quality of life in our neighborhoods and cities, notably on air quality and noise pollution. The recent evolutions in sensors, communication networks and Big Data analytics open up new perspectives in the measurement and analysis of those impacts. The CityPulse project seeks to offer live, localized and continuous measurements of the city through the installation of a network of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.
Concrete
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Concrete
Direction
Paolo Tombesi
Team
Ricardo Serpell
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL FAR
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
FAR has been working on a study that seeks to verify/demonstrate the potential of local industry in Sri Lanka to support and/or accept transformations in the way concrete-based social housing is conceived of and procured. This by: 1) identifying economic and social elements that are lying dormant within existing cycles of housing development; 2) checking the ability of alternative and geographically available building fabrication systems to become part of the low-income housing supply chain; 3) considering the possibility of integrating unconventional practices, crafts and materials into such systems; 4) defining how the design and planning process could be modified so as to facilitate the implementation of the framework.
Crowd Energy
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Crowd Energy
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Bernd Teufel
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
Identification of socioeconomic motivations and regulatory measures, as well as specific and sustainable funding policies supporting the Crowd Energy concept and, along with this, the energy turnaround.
DevEco
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DevEco
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Laurent Houmard, Joëlle Rudaz, Lauriane Bererd, Ilse Bahnsen, Jonathan Parrat, Pierrick Maire, Chantal Dräyer, Layal Bou Antoun, Marcus Zepf
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Academic, public and industrial Partners
HEG Fribourg, Promotion économique Fribourg, Agglo Fribourg, NPR, Direction de l'édilité Fribourg, Service d'architecture et d'urbanisme Fribourg
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR, HEG Fribourg Promotion économique Fribourg, Agglo Fribourg, NPR, Direction de l'édilité Fribourg, Service d'architecture et d'urbanisme Fribourg
Status
Complete
The need to formulate proactive land policies to improve Fribourg's economic appeal is undermined by the lack of concrete tools for facilitating this. The "Urban development: key condition for economic development" (DevEco) project aims to overcome this shortcoming by establishing a framework for urban development that will galvanize economic growth in and around Fribourg.
MUBI Mobile user-building interface
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MUBI Mobile user-building interface
Direction
Julien Nembrini
Team
Himanshu Verma, Raphaël Tuor, Denis Lalanne
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST, HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Prona, BFF SA, UNIFR
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
Ongoing
The goal of the MUBI project is to propose a mobile interface to interact with a building database, allowing for the browsing of real-time environmental and energy data gathered by the building sensors relative to the space occupied by the user. Taking advantage of the mobile platform, it will also augment sensor data by gathering user comfort perception data, in order to analyze correlations between both datastreams. In this project, focus is placed on the development of a mobile tool with large diffusion potential in order to allow for its adaptation to different building contexts.
Stock-Based Structural Form-Finding
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Stock-Based Structural Form-Finding
Direction
Corentin Fivet
Team
Jan Brütting, Gennaro Senatore, Joseph Desruelle
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL SXL
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
The construction industry is a principal consumer of raw materials and one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases and waste. The reuse of carrier system elements in new building projects remains an underutilized strategy for reducing the construction sector's environmental footprint. This research project develops algorithms to identify structural system geometries that make optimum use of existing component inventories. Full-scale prototypes are developed to demonstrate feasibility at the level of design detail. Finally, the environmental benefits of reuse are assessed using a life-cycle analysis.
Triple E
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Triple E
Direction
Elena-Lavinia Niederhäuser
Team
Jean-Philippe Bacher, Ludovic Favre, Antoine Boss, Frederick Gonon, Thibaut Schafer, Gabriel Magnin
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR
Status
Ongoing
Triple E: Energy, economic, and environmental optimization of production and of a building's electrical and thermal energy storage and consumption through the integration of user behavior and mobility. The overall goal of this project is to optimize the links between production systems (for renewable energy) and the building's energy consumption (including for mobility by automobile, electric bike, etc.). The use of intelligent control and of an electrical and/or thermal energy storage system should reduce CO2 emissions and reliance on the power grid, while increasing the building's energy efficiency. The three criteria of energy, environment and economics will determine the strategy adopted by the control algorithm.
smart living lab's new building
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smart living lab's new building
Direction
Maryline Andersen, Thomas Jusselme
Team
Sergi Aguacil, Didier Vuarnoz, Justine Roman
Resarch Domain
SLL Core Research Group
Le Conseil fédéral a affirmé sa volonté de passer à une société à 2000 watts d'ici 2150, avec une étape intermédiaire à 3500 watts en 2050. Pour permettre au bâtiment du smart living lab d'atteindre cet objectif intermédiaire, un programme de recherche interdisciplinaire financé par le Canton de Fribourg et par l'EPFL a été mis en place. Sous la responsabilité du groupe de recherche Building2050, une trentaine de chercheurs issus de l'EPFL, de la HEIA-FR et de l'UNIFR se sont impliqués dans cette mission passionnante : concevoir un bâtiment modèle pour le futur.En plaçant au centre de la recherche les questions d'énergie et de confort, ainsi que la qualité architecturale, les chercheurs ont identifié des organes vitaux sur lesquels travailler :1. l'usager, pour qui le bâtiment est construit2. l'enveloppe du bâtiment3. la production et transformation in situ d'énergie4. le stockage de l'énergie5. la connexion avec la mobilitéVéritable centre d'excellence intégré dans la ville et dans l'évolution de la société, le bâtiment du smart living lab permettra d'expérimenter un mode de vie avec 30 ans d'avance sur son temps.
A compass to guide through global energy transition options
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A compass to guide through global energy transition options
Direction
Christian Ritzel
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Status
New
The research objective is to provide a compass guide through the myriad organizational forms of the global "Energiewende".
Air-Sûr
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Air-Sûr
Direction
Joëlle Goyette
Team
Pascale Voirin, Olivier Vorlet, Pierre Kuonen
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
SLL Associated Research Group
HEIA-FR iSIS,HEIA-FR ICoSys,HEIA-FR Chem Tech
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Crèche Perollino
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR
Status
Ongoing
Air-Sûr - Development and testing of an open-source prototype for monitoring internal air quality in spaces used by children. The aim of the Air-Sûr project is to develop an installation that continuously monitors the health conditions of an indoor environment based on measurements of a set of chemical, physical, and even biological parameters. Whatever the complexity of this set of parameters, the installation needs to satisfy several criteria: flexibility, modularity, scalability, accurate measurement, and cost optimization. It can be mobile and diagnostics based, or it can be fixed and integrated in a given space for the purpose of conducting long-term health monitoring. It could also potentially be used as part of a technical management system for the building. Moreover, it is a scalable system, which will be capable of integrating new sensors in the course of future development in different labs. Our overall goal is to develop an installation that is robust but affordable in terms of material, operating, handling, and maintenance costs.
ArQua Architectural Quality
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ArQua Architectural Quality
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Chantal Drayer, François Esquivié
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM, EPFL Building 2050
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Status
Complete
This project explores the relationship between architectural quality and the building implementation process. It defines the process for implementing the smart living building as a learning process, creating a common culture between the main stakeholders (decision makers, designers, users and builders). This process is outlined by:- an iterative and incremental brief, gradually introducing the criteria of architectural qualities and environmental performance and allowing users to specify their needs;- collaborative conception phases (test studies and preliminary design) between several studios, organized in thematic sequences that allow a continuous evaluation of design proposals.
BBDATA DEMO
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BBDATA DEMO
Direction
Jean-Philippe Bacher
Team
Jean Hennebert, Damien Vionnet, Matthieu Jourdan, Thomas Jusselme, Julien Nembrini
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY, EPFL Building 2050, UNIFR Human-IST
SLL Associated Research Group
HEIA-FR iCOSYS
Academic, public and industrial Partners
CS domotique, BFF SA, Lutz Architectes
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Research Infrastructures
Halle bleue, BBDATA
Status
Ongoing
BB Data Demo aims to demonstrate the functionality and benefit of an Internet-based big-data platform, allowing researchers and building professionals to collect, store, process, and visualize data. This platform is designed to guarantee reliability (robustness and safety), adaptability and scalability. It is particularly suitable for monitoring buildings after commissioning (post-occupancy evaluation - POE).
BEANS Behavioural Analysis for Network Sustainability
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BEANS Behavioural Analysis for Network Sustainability
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Yves Hertig
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
How prosumer behaviors influence the stability of an electricity network?
Bioclimatic strategies
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Bioclimatic strategies
Direction
Thomas Jusselme
Team
Ariana Brambilla
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050
SLL Associated Research Group
EPFL LIPID
Academic, public and industrial Partners
CRAterre laboratory ENSAG, Estia SA
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm, CRAterre, Estia SA
Research Infrastructures
1 to 1 Box
Status
Completed
This project focuses on passive systems to increase comfort, experimenting with different thermal inertia, lighting and ventilation scenarios. For instance, it allows for a better evaluation of bioclimatic strategies, such as using rammed earth to increase the building's thermal inertia.
BlueCAD
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BlueCAD
Direction
Malik Kane
Team
Jérôme Kaempf
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
BFF SA, Groupe E Celsius, Service de l'Energie Fribourg
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR
Status
New
Integration and optimization concept for advanced intelligent heat exchange networks, in operation at the blueFACTORY site in Fribourg
Carbon correlation experiment
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Carbon correlation experiment
Direction
Didier Vuarnoz
Team
Elena-Lavinia Niederhäuser
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050, HEIA-FR ENERGY, UNIFR Human-IST
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Status
Complete
The outcome sought through this experiment is to optimize the correlation between renewable energy availability and the building's energy demand. Because renewable energy is not constant, a methodology is necessary to balance the carbon footprint on an annual basis with hourly time accuracy.
CEISec
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CEISec
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Bernd Teufel,Mohamad Aldabas,Dominic Feichtner
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Complete
Crowd Energy information security culture - security guidelines for smart environments.
ComfortBox
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ComfortBox
Direction
Denis Lalanne
Team
Hamed Alavi
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Logitec
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
Human-IST has developed an interactive device that measures environmental conditions, communicates objective comfort measurements with users, and receives feedback from them. Learning from user feedback helps to tune prospective behavior. ComfortBox is equipped with ten indoor environmental sensors that together can create an insight into indoor thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort, while also evaluating air quality. ComfortBox is intended to create a dialogue channel between human and building, and it can also evaluate indoor conditions in relation to the productivity and health of the occupants, especially over the long-term.
CUSO: People, Spaces and Technologies
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CUSO: People, Spaces and Technologies
Direction
Denis Lalanne
Team
Hamed Alavi
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
A seminar organized with internationally recognized lecturers in the field of human interactive experience in built environments.
Digital Infrastructure and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the smart living lab's future building
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Digital Infrastructure and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the smart living lab's future building
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Redouane Boumaref, Jean-Philippe Bacher, Matthieu Jourdan
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050, HEIA-FR ENERGY, HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Research Infrastructures
Bâtiment du smart living lab,
Status
Ongoing
Identification of requirements concerning the Digital Infrastructure and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the smart living lab's future building.
Dispute resolution in construction
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Dispute resolution in construction
Direction
Martin Beyeler
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Institute for Swiss and international construction law
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
Analysis of existing methods to deal with disputes and conflicts in the construction sector.
ECABO tool
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ECABO tool
Direction
Didier Vuarnoz
Team
Denis Lalanne, Raphaël Tuor, Thomas Jusselme, Thierry Dewarrat, Niels Jungbluth
Resarch Domain
Energy systems
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050, UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Energie concept SA,ESU-Service Ltd
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
Ongoing
The goal of the project consists of prototyping an interactive software solution targeted towards building designers and building managers that would allow them to rapidly and dynamically assess and visualize GHG emissions during the operation phase of a given building.
EET-CEA Energy-Efficient Technologies — Crowd Energy Applications
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EET-CEA Energy-Efficient Technologies — Crowd Energy Applications
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Academic, public and industrial Partners
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Source of Funding
iimt UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
The Journal of Electronic Science and Technology (JEST) is soliciting original manuscripts for its Special Section on Energy-Efficient Technologies (EET) — Crowd Energy Applications (CEA), which appears on JEST periodically. This Special Section on EET intends to bring together state-of-art research results and industrial applications of energy-efficient technologies. Professor Teufel presides over this issue's Special Section, while the Guest Editor and the JEST team focus on Crowd Energy Applications.
ELSA Exploration tooL for Sustainable Architecture
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ELSA Exploration tooL for Sustainable Architecture
Direction
Thomas Jusselme
Team
Pedro Antunes, Endrit Hoxha, Stefano Cozza, Henchoz Nicolas, Renato Zülli, Andreas Koller, Andreas Sonderegger, Jasmine Florentine, Denis Lalanne, Raphaël Tüor, Florian Evequoz, Emmanuel Rey, Marilyne Andersen, Léonard Stalder
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050, UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
EPFL ECAL Lab, Tokiwi services
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Research Infrastructures
Bâtiment du smart living lab
Status
Ongoing
In order to embrace the carbon and energy parameters from the early stages of a project, the research group has developed a prototype for a life-cycle assessment (LCA) method to highlight technical and architectural solutions for abiding by low-carbon and low-energy constraints.
Energy Prosumer Research
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Energy Prosumer Research
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Christian Ritzel
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Status
New
A system analysis of already existing prosumer?based organizational forms and an investigation of interest in becoming involved in prosumer?based organizational forms.
eREN Energie et rénovation
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eREN Energie et rénovation
Direction
Stefanie Schwab
Team
Stefanie Schwab,Grégory Jaquerod,Jean Luc Rime,Lionel Rinquet,Guillaume Rey,Peter Gallinelli,Reto Camponovo,Stéphane Citherlet,Didier Favre,Blaise Périsset,Gilbert-André Morand,Sébastian Dervey
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Interactions and Design Processes, Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Academic, public and industrial Partners
hepia Genève, HEIG-VD, HES-SO ValaisService de l'énergie Fribourg, Office cantonal de l'énergie Genève, Direction de l'énergie VDFondations Immobilières de Droit Public, Gérances foncières SA, Fondation de placement immobilier Lithos, Retraites populaires
Source of Funding
HES-SOService de l'énergie Fribourg, Office cantonal de l'énergie Genève, Direction de l'énergie VD
Status
Complete
The energy refurbishment of multi-dwelling buildings is a key issue of the Swiss Government's 2050 energy strategy. eREN focuses on building envelopes in western Switzerland, and is proposing a global approach of well-balanced solutions between energy efficiency, constructive feasibility, building physics, costs, and preservation of the architectural heritage.
eREN2 Energie et rénovation 2
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eREN2 Energie et rénovation 2
Direction
Stefanie Schwab
Team
Stefanie Schwab, Lionel Rinquet, Jean Luc Rime, Grégory Jaquerod, Guillaume Rey, Peter Gallinelli, Mylène Devaux, Marielle Hayeck
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Interactions and Design Processes, Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM, HEIA-FR iTEC
Academic, public and industrial Partners
hepia Genève,Service de l'énergie Fribourg,Retraites populaires, Fondations Immobilières de Droit Public,Gérances foncières SA, Fondation de placement immobilier Lithos,Retraites populaires
Source of Funding
HES-SO,Service de l'énergie Fribourg
Status
Complete
eREN2, in line with the eREN project, analyzes possible synergies between energy-efficient renovation and densification on the basis of a representative selection of existing multi-dwelling buildings in western Switzerland.
ExpSEBI
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ExpSEBI
Direction
Dimitri Torregrossa
Team
Elena-Lavinia Niederhäuser, Antoine Boss, Mohamed Thebti
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
SCCER-FURIES, Aurora's Grid, Berner Fachhochschule, EMPA, PSA, LeClanché
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR, SCCER-FURIES, Aurora's Grid
Status
New
The main purpose of this project is to investigate and optimize second-life scenarios of aged batteries with reduced performances compared with new ones in order to minimize the overall economic and environmental impact of the smart building.
From Artifacts to Architecture
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From Artifacts to Architecture
Direction
Hamed Alavi
Team
Denis Lalanne, Himanshu Verma
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Google Mountain View, Northumbria University, TU Delft, Nottingham University
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
A workshop organized at the DIS (Designing Interactive Systems) conference in Hong Kong with architects, designers, and computer scientists so as to envisage the interactive aspects of future smart buildings and cities.
Future of Human-Building Interaction
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Future of Human-Building Interaction
Direction
Denis Lalanne
Team
Hamed Alavi, Julien Nembrini
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Google Mountain View, US New Castle University
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
A workshop drawing experts from the fields of architecture, human–computer interaction (HCI), and psychology to discuss the vision of future living.
IER-BAT Intégration des énergies renouvelables dans le bâtiment
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IER-BAT Intégration des énergies renouvelables dans le bâtiment
Direction
Philippe Couty
Team
Philippe Couty,Stefanie Schwab,Elodie Simon
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM, HEIA-FR ENERGY
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Research Infrastructures
LIRE
Status
Complete
Study of the integration of active solar components (thermal and photovoltaics) in a portfolio of existing buildings previously studied from an energy efficiency perspective.
Indalux
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Indalux
Direction
Raphaël Compagnon
Team
Jérôme Kaempf, Christina Chatzipoulka
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Academic, public and industrial Partners
bureau ARUP, URBASOL, CSD ingénieurs
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR, bureau ARUP, URBASOL, CSD ingénieurs
Status
Complete
Indicators of daylight and sunlight access in urban areas.
Indoor Localization
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Indoor Localization
Direction
Denis Lalanne
Team
Nico Farber, Himanshu Verma
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
UNIBE, Sinus AG
Source of Funding
?
Status
Complete
Master's thesis of Nico Faerber, aimed at increasing the accuracy of indoor localization using Bluetooth Beacon technology.
InnovEM
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InnovEM
Direction
Elena-Lavinia Niederhäuser
Team
Didier Vuarnoz, Thibaut Schaffer, Gabriel Magnin
Resarch Domain
Energy systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY, EPFL Building 2050
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Groupe E
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
Ongoing
The goal of this project is to develop a demonstrator for testing the viability of new energy management systems. The physical infrastructure consists of a detached office unit, fully equipped with a heat pump, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and thermal and electrochemical storage. The testing of new energy management procedures developed in the framework of the smart living lab would then be possible in real conditions.
Insolight
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Insolight
Direction
Jérôme Kaempf
Team
Jérôme Kaempf, Julien Nembrini, Noé Bory
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY, UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Insolight
Source of Funding
SLL demo call, Insolight
Research Infrastructures
LEIR
Status
Ongoing
The goal of the proposed research is to establish the first cornerstone of a methodology and to develop a test and demonstration platform at the smart living lab to measure and assess the benefits of using innovative luminaires from both technical and user perspectives. Insolight has developed a smart LED panel with the ability to dynamically change its light beam output (in both direction and intensity). The panel takes the form of a smart luminaire for multi-functional spaces, adapting the light beam according to the user's task. This project proposal aims to install, benchmark and test the second-generation prototype with users of the "Halle Bleue". Ultimately, this project will demonstrate and potentially validate the interest in using such a luminaire in an office environment.
Interactive simulation of a crowd energy system
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Interactive simulation of a crowd energy system
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Anton Sentic, Christian Ritzel
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Academic, public and industrial Partners
H. Glass
Source of Funding
SLL demo call,H. Glass
Status
New
This project seeks to develop an interactive simulation of a Crowd Energy system, acting as a test bed for static and dynamic experiments on the sharing behavior of energy prosumers within the crowd. The experiments will focus on i) investment decisions and ii) the trading of energy/electricity among the crowd.
Is your building disassemblable?
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Is your building disassemblable?
Direction
Corentin Fivet
Team
Valeria Didonna
Resarch Domain
Construction technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL SXL
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
Survey of chosen construction details according to their ability to be disassembled without destruction.
J.C.Maxwell and the Geometry of Structures
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J.C.Maxwell and the Geometry of Structures
Direction
Corentin Fivet
Resarch Domain
Construction technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL SXL
Academic, public and industrial Partners
MIT, ETHZ, SOM
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
Translation in modern terms of James Clerk Maxwell's seminal paper on "Reciprocal Diagrams", 1872.
Jura
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Jura
Direction
Paolo Tombesi
Team
Ellan Spero
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL FAR
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
The history of watchmaking in the Jura Valley has produced a unique kind of industrial urbanism where urban design and building type have evolved almost together, to define spaces of production that were not only functional to their remit but also expandable within the city and across the land. Thus, the socio-technical history of watchmaking buildings constitutes a fertile area of investigation. FAR is working on a systematic technological review of approximately 200 factory buildings with specific typological traits across the valley, aiming at determining the degree of production-induced innovation in the building systems they used, both within the territory and as a theoretical step in the creation of industrial comparative advantage.
Jurad-Bat
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Jurad-Bat
Direction
Joëlle Goyette
Team
Céline de Potter-Longchamp, Théo Perrelet
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Academic, public and industrial Partners
EHE SA,Econs SA,OFSP, Planair SA
Source of Funding
Interreg
Status
Ongoing
The goal of the Interreg France-Suisse Jurad-Bat project is to develop a trans-border platform to promote the pooling and sharing of experience and competencies, as well as training professionals in the area of radon risk management, which particularly affects the trans-border region of the Jurassic Arc. The platform will serve as a decision-making tool.
Legal Aspects of Time Delays in Public Tender Procedures
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Legal Aspects of Time Delays in Public Tender Procedures
Direction
Martin Beyeler
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Institute for Swiss and international construction law
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Publication of an article 2017; might be pursued later on.
Analysis of public procurement and contract law implications of time delays occurring during a public tender procedure. Attempt to propose solutions which are workable in practice while simultaneously respecting legal principles such as non-discrimination and freedom of contract.
Living Lab as a research method in Human-Computer Interaction
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Living Lab as a research method in Human-Computer Interaction
Direction
Hamed Alavi
Team
Denis Lalanne
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
University College London
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
Living lab studies have been proliferating within the human-computer interaction (HCI) research community, providing a test bed for context-aware automation and new styles of interactivity. In this project, we look at living labs as a developing research methodology situated between controlled experiments and field studies, and we discuss the theoretical groundings particularly for the domain of HCI.
LORE Role of Experimental Environments in Enabling Path-Breaking Innovation
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LORE Role of Experimental Environments in Enabling Path-Breaking Innovation
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Anton Sentic
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
New
The aim of this project is to develop an evaluation approach for innovation processes in experimental environments centered on learning, knowledge sharing and innovation empowerment, drawing on previous research on the role of experimental spaces as well as on empirical research.
Low carbon housing
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Low carbon housing
Direction
Thomas Jusselme
Team
Emmanuel Rey, Sophie Luftkin, Judith Drouilles, Endrit Hoxha
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050
SLL Associated Research Group
EPFL LAST
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
Completed
This project aims to generate average reference data on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for a multi-family apartment building and a detached house in different Swiss urban contexts. The method adopted involves the analysis and comparison of several variants of these two types of residential buildings in order to assess their environmental impacts throughout the life cycle, including the induced mobility.
MODD Méthodes et outils pour le développements durable des quartiers
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MODD Méthodes et outils pour le développements durable des quartiers
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Nicole Jan, Chantal Dräyer, Jonathan Parrat, Ilse Bahnsen
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Losinger Marazzi
Source of Funding
InnoSuisse (CTI)
Status
Complete
The creation of sustainable neighborhoods often comes up against reduced acceptance of densification by the public. The MODD project seeks to develop a business process as well as tools and methods to design and evaluate such neighborhoods while considering social criteria.
ModSTOCK
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ModSTOCK
Direction
Elena-Lavinia Niederhäuser
Team
Gregory James, Richard Wegmüller, Victor Liblin, Gabriel Magnin
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Interactions and Design processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
ECO-Logements, Energie Concept, Energil, Tecnoservice
Source of Funding
NPR, ECO-Logements, Energie Concept, Energil, Tecnoservice
Status
Complete
The main objective of this project is to develop a tool to easily design, model, and optimize thermal storage for SMEs.
Multi-Confort
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Multi-Confort
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Sandy Ingram, Jean-Philippe Bacher
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM, HEIA-FR ENERGY
SLL Associated Research Group
HEIA-FR HumanTech
Academic, public and industrial Partners
La Mobilière, Logitech, Raiffeisen
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR, La Mobilière, Logitech, Raiffeisen
Status
New
Systematic understanding of user comfort in offices
Talk to the NeighborHub
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Talk to the NeighborHub
Direction
Jean-Philippe Bacher
Team
Florian Meyer, Matthieu Jourdan
Resarch Domain
Energy Systems, Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Research Infrastructures
NeighborHub
Status
New
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) are examples of disruptive innovations that are changing the way we think about construction processes. They bring new opportunities to integrate and connect up a building's technical installations. The project makes use, in particular, of the Unity3D platform, openBIM tools, and the MQTT protocol. The NeighborHub, which came top in the Solar Decathlon 2017, has been reassembled at the blueFACTORY. It has an entirely modular software architecture, and was designed in accordance with the IoT paradigm. Current research seeks to demonstrate the opportunities and relevance of a convergence between IoT and BIM, and should greatly simplify the design and configuration of technical management systems for buildings, as well as generating human-building interfaces.
Niche analysis and actor network mapping of the smart living lab
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Niche analysis and actor network mapping of the smart living lab
Direction
Anton Sentic
Team
Yanina Iskahova
Resarch Domain
Interactions and design processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Status
New
The project idea here is to review the innovative performance of the smart living lab by conceptualizing it as a innovation niche / experimental space in the understanding of Strategic Niche Management (SNM) and Constructive Technology Assessment (CTA).
PerEn
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PerEn
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Jonathan Parrat, Ilse Bahnsen
Resarch Domain
Interactions and design processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Implenia, Projeco Environnement, Lutz Architectes, CSD Ingénieurs, Climate Services, E4Tech, Raiffeisen Sarine-Ouest
Source of Funding
NPR, Implenia, Projeco Environnement, Lutz Architectes, CSD Ingénieurs, Climate Services, E4Tech, Raiffeisen Sarine-Ouest
Status
Complete
The applied research project PerEn seeks to develop a tool to reduce the observed discrepancy between the calculated energy efficiency of a building during the design phase and the actual energy efficiency measured during its exploitation.
Preventing Productivity Degradation in Offices
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Preventing Productivity Degradation in Offices
Direction
Denis Lalanne
Team
Hamed Alavi
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Logitec
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
Capitalizing on the advancement in environmental and physiological sensing, this projects aims to predict the working conditions that may harm knowledge workers' productivity and well-being. The findings are communicated in a way that leads to user actions while not disturbing workflow.
Public Procurement Case Law 2016/2017
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Public Procurement Case Law 2016/2017
Direction
Martin Beyeler
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Institute for Swiss and international construction law
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Book (results) to be published in June 2018
Comprehensive in-depth analysis of all 2016 and 2017 court decisions (Swiss Confederation, Swiss Cantons, European Court of Justice) about public procurement law cases published online; summaries of important court's considerations; editing of comments for legal science and legal practice
SCSC Societal Cyber Security Culture
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SCSC Societal Cyber Security Culture
Direction
Stephanie Teufel
Team
Bernd Teufel, Mahsa Rahimi
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR iimt
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
This research focuses on:- Establishing a cybersecurity framework for Crowd Energy communities- Defining risk management for cybersecurity in Crowd Energy systems- Evaluating the proposed framework by simulation experiment
Shelter
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Shelter
Direction
Paolo Tombesi
Team
André UllalRiccardo Vannucci
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL FAR
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
The field of humanitarian shelter is fertile ground for innovation. New and innovative emergency shelter solutions are regularly produced yet the impact of these efforts on the challenge of housing populations displaced by disaster and conflict is minimal – rigid frame tents, prefabricated containers, and ad-hoc structures remain the norm. FAR's research into emergency shelter addresses the issues that hinder effective innovation. Rather than producing the next shelter design, FAR's work contributes to the development of a framework within which the value of new design solutions can be assessed, thereby supporting more effective innovation in the field.
Smart Connected Building
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Smart Connected Building
Direction
Serge Ayer
Team
Marco Mazza
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
SLL Associated Research Group
HEIA-FR iPRINT, HEIA-FR iSIS
Academic, public and industrial Partners
HEIA-FR, Vidinoti, H-FR, ZT Medien, EM Microelectronics
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR, Vidinoti, H-FR, ZT Medien, EM Microelectronics
Status
New
Constructing a connected building using a battery-free Bluetooth Low Energy mesh network
Smart PCM Wall
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Smart PCM Wall
Direction
Jacques Robadey
Team
Elena-Lavinia Niederhäuser, Richard Wegmüller, Gabriel Magnin
Resarch Domain
Energy systems
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
butikofer de oliveira vernay sàrl, Lehmorange,Altenstadt (DE), Institut de Solartechnik (SPF) Rapperswil, HSLU
Source of Funding
HEIA-FR
Status
Complete
Exploring solutions to integrate phase-change materials (PCM) into an active (dynamic) climate control strategy.
Smart Shading Control
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Smart Shading Control
Direction
Jérôme Kaempf
Team
Yujie Wu, Julien Nembrini
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST, HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
LESO-PB/EPFL, SCCER FEEB&D
Source of Funding
SLL demo call
Research Infrastructures
LEIR
Status
New
The goal of the proposed research is to establish a cornerstone of "eye-sight external Venetian blinds" technology and to develop a test and demonstration platform at the smart living lab to measure the accuracy and evaluate the performance of a set of innovative external Venetian blinds with their automation system based on real-time sky monitoring and computing from the perspective of daylight regulation and glare protection. The Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB) in EPFL has developed a new automated external Venetian blinds control system with a sensing device targeted at the sky, which can dynamically change the shading positions according to the conditions of the sky. This advanced control system is predicted to regulate the daylight more precisely by employing a high-precision motor, thus enhancing users' visual comfort by reducing glare. This project aims to set a benchmark by testing this eye-sight external Venetian blinds prototype in the complex setting of the smart living lab. Ultimately, this project will demonstrate its benefits, reliability and precision in daylight regulation and glare protection.
Social design
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Social design
Direction
Thomas Jusselme
Team
Derek Christie, Thierry Maeder, Dominic Villeneuve, Vincent Kaufmann
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050
SLL Associated Research Group
EPFL LaSUR
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Research Infrastructures
Bâtiment du smart living lab
Status
Completed
The objective of this project is to implement a double approach of social design for the implementation of the future building in Fribourg:• a top-down approach with members of the smart living lab's Management Committee• a bottom-up approach with employees from the three institutions involved in the smart living lab (EPFL, HEIA-FR, UNIFR)• a synthesis of these two approaches to define a coherent social project bridging user expectations and the political vision.
Specific Environmentally-conscious Targets for Urban Planning (SETUP)
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Specific Environmentally-conscious Targets for Urban Planning (SETUP)
Direction
Thomas Jusselme
Team
Emilie Nault
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL Building 2050
Academic, public and industrial Partners
BFFSA, Climate Services, Implenia, Urbaplan, CSD
Source of Funding
NPR - Fribourg, SIG Genève
Status
Ongoing
This project aims at developing a prototype tool to support decision-making during the urban planning and design process, by providing the means to decompose a site-level performance objective into context-specific sublevel (e.g., building-scale) targets, and anticipate the environmental impact of decisions to be made later on in the project's development process.
Studying the spaces of crafting. A case study of curators interaction within exhibition spaces.
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Studying the spaces of crafting. A case study of curators interaction within exhibition spaces.
Direction
Hamed Alavi
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Bartlette School of Architecture
Source of Funding
?
Status
Ongoing
In this project, spaces of artistic creation are studied in terms of their affordances for crafting, prototyping, and demonstrating ideas. The study also includes social factors such as how space is shared among a group of artists and how it is used for exchanging ideas.
Technical Change
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Technical Change
Direction
Paolo Tombesi
Team
Riccardo Vannucci
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL FAR
Source of Funding
EPFL
Status
Ongoing
The term innovation describes a process of "marginal substitution', whereby a specific task with defined objectives is carried out in a way that uses either a differently structured or a new combination of components, or alters tested procedures. Since the building industry does not provide the same level of means, motives and opportunities for beneficial technical change evenly across its sectors, we could exploit our ability to understand what makes a context conducive to particular strands of innovation, and assign products in that context explicit "industrial development' responsibilities. FAR's research into technical change investigates how building products developed in suitable sectors could be targeted to act indirectly as Trojan horses for horizontal product innovation in other sectors.
The impact of nomadic work spaces on the productivity of amazon mechanical turk workers.
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The impact of nomadic work spaces on the productivity of amazon mechanical turk workers.
Direction
Hamed Alavi
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Academic, public and industrial Partners
University College London
Source of Funding
?
Status
ongoing
Collecting data from the physical work environments of 370 Mechanical Turk workers, we aim to derive correlations between their routines for space use and productivity in a very specific work process with inherently nomadic (space-independent) attributes.
THE4BEES
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THE4BEES
Direction
Jean-Philippe Bacher
Team
Martin Boesiger, Damien Vionnet, Matthieu Jourdan
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR ENERGY
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Service de l'Energie Fribourg, Interreg, BFF SA, Lutz Architectes, Climate Services, CS domotique, 13 partners from IT, FR, DE, AU, SL
Source of Funding
Interreg, BFF SA, Lutz Architectes, Climate Services, CS domotique
Research Infrastructures
Halle bleue
Status
Ongoing
THE4BEES focuses on the behavioral changes of users in public buildings where there is a requirement to reduce energy consumption. Such changes will be originated by the use of innovative ICT applications developed by a transnational ecosystem. These applications will be used by the target groups in the demonstration sites (schools, houses, and factories) to encourage behavioral changes for energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction.
Tiny House Movement
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Tiny House Movement
Direction
Arnold Rusch
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Institute for Swiss and international construction law
Source of Funding
UNIFR
Status
Ongoing
Reduction of the ecological footprint: Legal challenges of tiny houses and the mobility of single-person households.
Traditional Interlocking Timber Joinery
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Traditional Interlocking Timber Joinery
Direction
Corentin Fivet
Team
Jan Brütting
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL SXL
Academic, public and industrial Partners
ARUP, MIT
Source of Funding
EPFL + ARUP
Status
New
Design and structural assessment of traditional interlocking timber joinery.
Transaction on Computer-Human Interaction
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Transaction on Computer-Human Interaction
Direction
Hamed Alavi
Team
Denis Lalanne
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Source of Funding
Google, Mountain ViewUCL,Bartlette School of ArchitectureUCL, Computer ScienceAarhus UniversityUmea University
Status
ongoing
Special issue on Human-Building Interaction in the most prestigious journal of human-computer interaction. The papers will be published by the beginning of 2019.
TransHabNat
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TransHabNat
Direction
Florinel Radu
Team
Jonathan Parrat, Nicole Jan, Chantal Dräyer, Laurianne Bererd
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
HEIA-FR TRANSFORM
Source of Funding
HES-SO
Status
Complete
This project has shown that urban biodiversity goes hand in hand with the diversity of human habitats. It has led to the development of an innovative tool to aid the design of projects that combine densification in peripheral urban zones with improvements in biodiversity. The tool contains a typology of forms of human-nature cohabitation, as well as a presentation of the interdisciplinary design process.
User environment experiment
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User environment experiment
Direction
Thomas Jusselme
Team
Endrit Hoxha, Cédric Liardet, Hamed Alavi, Himanshu Verma, Jakub Mlynar, Denis Lalanne, Derek Christie, Dominic Villeneuve, Thierry Maeder, Luca Pattaroni, Emmanuel Ravalet, Sébastien Munafò, Virginie Baranger, Marc-Antoine Messer, Vincent Kaufmann, Raphaël Dutoi, Patrick Reymond
Resarch Domain
Well-being and Behaviors
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST, EPFL Building 2050
SLL Associated Research Group
EPFL LaSUR
Academic, public and industrial Partners
Atelier Oï
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Research Infrastructures
Halle bleue, Bâtiment du smart living lab
Status
Complete
Project goals:- Definition of a strategy for the user environment based on user behavior as well as on the identification of indoor components/furniture according to their performance and impact on user comfort.- Prototyping and experimental campaign research in the Blue Hall on user feedback.- Designing and conducting a user study to understand occupants' mobility and space usage behavior.- Defining policies for the re-design of office spaces within the Blue Hall based on the human-centered design paradigm.
Vision
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Vision
Direction
Emmanuel Rey
Team
Sophie Luftkin, Emilie Nault
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
SLL Associated Research Group
EPFL LAST
Source of Funding
smart living building research programm
Status
Ongoing
The main objective of the Vision project is a publication presenting a series of visions for buildings in 2050, based on a dozen interviews with personalities who are widely recognized in their fields and who are likely to influence the evolution of the built environment.
Visualizing the user in the building data
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Visualizing the user in the building data
Direction
Denis Lalanne
Team
Julien Nembrini, Roberto Sanchez
Resarch Domain
Interactions and Design Processes
SLL Core Research Group
UNIFR Human-IST
Status
Ongoing
Using real building management system data, the aim of this master project is to infer the presence and behavior of users through visual analytics techniques.
Zero Waste Elastic Gridshell
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Zero Waste Elastic Gridshell
Direction
Corentin Fivet
Team
Sofia Colabella
Resarch Domain
Construction Technologies
SLL Core Research Group
EPFL SXL
Source of Funding
EPFL
Research Infrastructures
Atelier popup
Status
Completed
Design and construction of an elastic gridshell from reclaimed material. This project designs and builds an 11.6m² elastic gridshell from 200 reclaimed skis. Introduced as a proof of concept, this pavilion demonstrates that re-use also concerns structural engineering and is not limited to non-load-bearing systems. The pavilion was presented at the first Architecture Biennale in Lyon in 2017.
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flagship projects

NeighborHub – The Swiss solar house

smart living lab’s future building

Through the smart living lab, the three institutions will pursue a common goal: to provide a unique platform for research and innovation on the most topical and exciting questions pertaining to the future of the built environment. They have a bold strategy to make this a tangible reality: to design and construct a versatile building to be used by researchers from many different disciplines. The new building will embody this future and that will serve as a test bed for exploring ways to go one step further. This building will be the future home of the smart living lab and will become a suitable site for work carried out under real conditions.

A specific research program was designed to meet the ambitious goals set between 2014 and 2016. This program was based on the assumption that, at the time of its construction in 2020, the building must meet the 2050 objectives fixed by the 2000-Watt Society. These objectives, linked to the building’s environmental impact, must be met 30 years ahead of time, without diminishing either user comfort or architectural quality.

2017 has mainly been devoted to promoting the program through several presentations at various international conferences and publications in the scientific field, thus enhancing the project’s worldwide reputation. Two books are being prepared and will be published early in 2019 by Parkbooks. Moreover, the conclusions and tools developed in these books have been integrated into the building’s program. This will help launch the Mandat d’Etudes Parallèles (MEP) in order to design the building.

From an operational point of view, 2017 saw the emergence of the building construction process through three different phases (the MEP, implementation study, and construction), as discussed with blueFACTORY Fribourg Freiburg SA and the Canton of Fribourg. The researchers’ requirements for the program were specified (i.e. office space, labs, meeting rooms). It was decided that the floor surface of the building should be increased from 4,000 m2 to 5,000 m2 in order to accommodate 130 work stations instead of 90. The operating and experimental development costs have also been clarified, by means of a new agreement between the Canton of Fribourg and the EPFL regarding these costs. In terms of city planning, the building’s location was revised, taking into account the new land use plan (plan d’affectation cantonal). An urban study has been carried out in order to define the maximum allowable building area.

collaborative demo projects

In 2017, the smart living lab launched an initiative to support collaborative projects within its research groups in order to promote collaboration with the private sector. In order to be granted funding, the projects that are submitted needed to meet the following criteria: to address one of the research fields of the smart living lab, to involve at least two research groups from two different institutions among EPFL/HEIA-FR/UNIFR, and to involve a private partner. Following an open call, nine projects were selected in 2017, addressing either big data management (BBDATA DEMO), life cycle analysis (low-carbon housing) and the construction process (Build-Unbuild-Repeat), energy, economic and ecological balance (InnovEM, ECABO tool) or comfort controls (Insolight, smart shading control, MUBI Mobile user-building interface), or the innovation process (niche analysis and actor network mapping of the smart living lab). This support has continued in 2018.

appointments

professors and senior researchers recruited in 2017

Dusan Licina is a very promising young researcher who has already gained an outstanding international reputation. His research is centered on sustainable and healthy built environment, with emphasis on the following themes: air quality in buildings, ventilation systems, room air distribution, human exposure to airborne pollutants, the dynamics and fate of pollutants in buildings, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency. He completed a joint Doctorate degree at the National University of Singapore and the Technical University of Denmark. Before that, he completed his MSc and BSc degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Belgrade. Recently, he was a postdoc at the University of California Berkeley, and then moved to New York to work on the development of the first rating system that focuses exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness.

Dolaana Khovalyg’s research focuses on the development of energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems for buildings, the advancement of personalized control of the indoor environment, and the improvement of occupant comfort. Dolaana Khovalyg graduated with the highest distinction from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI), undertook a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and was then a post-doctoral fellow at the Denmark Technical University (DTU) in Copenhagen.

Marc Vonlanthen studied physics and mathematics at the University of Fribourg. He then obtained his PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Geneva. After that, he joined a small firm in Bern called Meteotest. Meteotest is active in the fields of weather forecasting, climate, environment and informatics. Marc remained there for two years, leading wind energy and data analysis projects. Today, his research interests focus on energy transition and climate warming consequences and adaptation.

Dimitri Torregrossa obtained a PhD in electrical engineering in 2010 and a post-doc during 2012-2016 on the ageing of electrochemical storage devices at EPFL. Passionate about renewable energy and energy storage, in 2017 he joined the ENERGY Institute and focused his research activities on second-life battery storage. Over the past seven years, he has worked and collaborated with several industrial partners, such as Leclanché SA, Arts Energy, Nesscap, Maxwell, Romande Energie, and Services Industriels de Lausanne.

Anton Sentic is an early-stage researcher who has made his first post-PhD stop in Fribourg after studying at the University of Graz, Austria, where he focused on environmental management systems and repair and re-use in the context of waste management. He also attended the University of Greenwich in London, UK, where he undertook his PhD project, executing a transition studies analysis of combined heat and power technologies in the UK, focusing on internal structural and functional factors and external barriers influencing the development and dissemination of the technology. At the smart living lab, Anton’s research interests are twofold: a focus on the transition of energy systems towards more decentralized models and the development of innovative business models is complemented by his interest in the role of experimental innovation environments, such as a living lab, in broader transformative processes in socio-technical systems.

In 2009, Christian Ritzel secured his diploma in economics at the University of Kassel. Afterwards, he successfully completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Economics and Management at the University of Kassel in 2013. He then conducted a doctoral thesis on “Agro-food trade with developing countries” at the Swiss Federal Research Institute Agroscope in Taenikon, in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. His intrinsic interest in the topic of sustainable development provided the motivation for his application to the iimt and the smart living lab project.

organization

A Joint Steering Committee handles strategic management of the smart living lab on behalf of all partner institutions and an Operational Committee is in charge of implementation. The Scientific Commission defines the academic plan. The Building 2050 group was responsible for the development of the research program that has resulted in a call for project proposals for the smart living lab’s future building, and will now support its implementation into the operational phase, which is being led by a team of senior architects. A further team is responsible for finding tangible uses for research findings.

promotional activities

events 2017

The smart living lab organized the following events in 2017:

March
07-08
Internal Workshop on SLB Brief, Fribourg
10
NeighborHub Press Conference, Fribourg
ENAC Week, Fribourg
June
06
Smart living lab annual meeting
10
NeighborHub Open House Event, Fribourg
21
Inaugural smart unconference: “Interactions and Behaviors”, Fribourg
November
20-22
Workshop THE4BEES, Fribourg
23
NeighborHub victory’s celebration, Fribourg
30
Interreg France-Suisse JURAD-BAT working groups meeting, Fribourg
December
01
Interreg France-Suisse JURAD-BAT working groups meeting, Fribourg
12
Smarter Together Workshop, Fribourg
20
Meeting OFEN, Fribourg

Robotic workshops & Award Ceremony, Fribourg © EPFL

The smart living lab also took part in the following events in 2017:

January
11
Chinese delegation for Swiss house Beijing project – with the Swiss ambassador of China, Fribourg
March
27-28
Fachworkshop “living lab für das wohnen”, Fraunhofer Zentrum, Duisburg - DE
24
Robotic workshops & Award Ceremony, Fribourg (March to June)
May
18
Bâtiments à énergie positive, energie-cluster.ch, Fribourg
June
15
Colloque Défis bâtiment Santé, Paris – FR
28-29
CCI France Suisse, Fribourg
08
Nomad Pavilion out of old skis, Bieannale Architecture Lyon - FR (up to 09.07.2017)
October
04–06
Congrès national du Bâtiment durable, Dijon – FR
05–09|12–15
NeighborHub, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017, Denver - USA
November
16
4e Conférence Zéro Carbone – Bâtir : une contribution positive à l’environnement, Fribourg
21
My thesis in 180 seconds, Lausanne
29
Nationwide Live TV show "+ 3 degrees", Geneva
30
SIP west meets SIP Zürich, Dübendorf
December
20-21
International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, London - UK

NeighborHub Open House Event, Fribourg © STEMUTZ

The smart living lunches were introduced in 2015 and have been designed for the smart living lab’s community. The following sessions took place in 2017:

January
10
Active bending structures and active reuse structures –  Jan Brütting and Sofia Colabella, SXL, EPFL
February
07
Big Building Data –  Jean Hennebert, iCosys Institute, HEIA-FR
Mind the gap: difference between planned and actual consumption of residential buildings –  Joëlle Mastelic, Institute of Entrepreneurship & Management, HES-SO Valais-Wallis
March
14
THN : Cohabitation human – nature – Nicole Jan, HEIA-FR
BIM Helvetizierung : Cultural choices upstream technological machinery – Bernard Cache, Laboratory of Digital Culture for Architectural Projects, EPFL
April
04
What is the quality of the indoor air we breathe? CroqAIR - from research to training – Joëlle Goyette, TRANSFORM Institute, HEIA-FR
Smart PCM Walls – Jacques Robadey, HEIA-FR
May
02
Architectural Creativity – Florinel Radu, TRANSFORM Institute, HEIA-FR
September
05
Impact of buildings on the urban climate: modeling and experimental approaches – Dasaraden Mauree, Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory, EPFL
Energy simulation at urban scale : data needs and outcomes, a practical vision – Jérôme Kaempf, ENERGY Institute, HEIA-FR
October
03
Adaptive Structures: Infinitely Stiff, Extremely Slender, Ultra-Light Weight – Gennaro Senatore, Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory, EPFL
The potential of energy neighborhoods – Yves Hertig, international institute of management in technology, UNIFR

smart unconference: “Interactions and Behaviors”, Fribourg © smart living lab

media coverage

January
February
March
May
June
July
October
November

The Swiss Living Challenge – About Success and Challenges © STEMUTZ

finances

smart living lab and EPFL Fribourg’s consolidated financial report

EXPENSES (kCHF)
2014-2015 2016 2017 available on 31.12.2017
BUILD - operational transition for the building of the smart living lab
750
Operating expenses
345
322
267
816
Solar Decathlon
800
0
Prototype's come back
100
Other incentive projects
183
484
Research for the building of the smart living lab and communication
787
1428
657
788
EPFL chairs
1667
2330
7336
UNIFR
414
628
785
1233
HEIA-FR
276
898
929
1953
TOTAL
1822
4943
5951
13460
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partners

Comprised of over 300 labs and research groups on its campus, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is among the most productive and innovative research institutions worldwide. Ranked in the top three at European level and in the top 20 globally according to several scientific ranking lists, EPFL has drawn some of the best researchers in their fields. EPFL has a unique organizational structure designed to stimulate transdisciplinary research and encourage partnerships with other institutions.

Located in the heart of a bilingual region, culturally rich and ideally situated, the School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA‐FR) trains future engineers and architects holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from Swiss universities of applied sciences. This state-of-the-art school offers university-level training based on professional practice. Recognized by the public and local businesses for its many applied research activities, the school contributes to innovation activity and allows the Canton of Fribourg to project itself on both a technological and scientific level.

Founded in 1889, the University of Fribourg (UNIFR), is the only bilingual university in Switzerland and has a strong international tradition. It operates as a cutting-edge scientific and teaching center, with a strong human-centered approach that covers a wide range of disciplines in five different faculties. Nearly 10,000 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students benefit from its excellent infrastructure and its many educational opportunities.

It is worth mentioning that the smart living lab project is the first of its kind in Switzerland. It brings together knowledge from several institutions in a single location at the heart of a city. The project offers a unique infrastructure for the rapid transfer of key skills to the construction industry. For the Canton of Fribourg, whose construction industry is a major pillar, the presence of a center of national and international outreach reinforces its economic fabric by offering multiple new competitive advantages.