The smart living lab project is a cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary, interinstitutional platform that combines several lines of research related to construction technologies: material sciences and renewable energy production systems that take into account aspects that are related to the occupation of a building, living space and housing, such as comfort, health and air quality. It aims to be a center of national scope, recognized on an international level and involving a variety of players and institutions.
The smart living lab is a center for research and development dedicated to the built environment of the future not only on a technical but also on a societal level.
Its goal is to imagine living spaces while focusing on users’ well-being and environmental issues. It draws on the combined skills of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the School of engineering and architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR) and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR) in the areas of sustainable architecture, technology and materials, comfort, as well as law and human sciences.
The international institute of management in technology (iimt) is part of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and one of the three research groups involved in the smart living lab project. The iimt's research activities focus on people and habitats. The urban design of decentralised energy systems is the interplay of habitats and eventually of people for the highest energy sustainability at maximum mobility and interconnectedness. The energy turnaround amplifies by social, economic, and political aspects.
smart living lab and Crowd Energy research at the iimt
The Solar Decathlon became, since its creation in 2002, the most anticipated and the most visible competition on an international level in the field of the built environment of the future. Created by the US Department of Energy, this competition developed throughout seven editions in the USA, three editions in Europe and one in China. It will continue to exist in the US, Europe, as well as Latin America.
Teams from all over the world get invited to create, develop and produce financially and energetically efficient housing units, while keeping an attractive look, and also to solve present and future urban planning issues.
Besides being a “competition”, the Solar Decathlon is an exceptional opportunity to establish a training program in sustainable development for architects and engineers working on a concrete project. It soon became clear that the Solar Decathlon project was fully representative of the objectives of the smart living lab. The participation of these research groups and their students in the American edition in 2017 was only natural, in order to make a demonstrator of the smart living lab.
Member of the team (University of Fribourg)
Finn de Thomas Wagner