Research-driven building design to achieve 2050 objects


The new building for the Smart Living Lab (SLL) is the research and development center for the future of the built environment, shared by scientific teams from three Swiss educational institutions: EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), the HEIA-FR (School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg), and the UNIFR (University of Fribourg). The design for the future building is a result of the smart living lab research program, consisting of eleven core research groups focusing on the sustainable habitat: Well-being and behaviors, construction technologies, interactions and design processes, and energy systems.

The Swiss society aims to reach the targets set by the 2000-Watt Society regarding energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The SLL project had the clear objective to reach these values. Building performance requirements are considering a 60-year life cycle of the building, taking into account the embodied energy of the construction materials as well as the energy demand for its operation. Foremost target is the building compliance with three set threshold performance numbers: Total Primary Energy Demand, Non-Renewable Primary Energy Demand, and Greenhouse Gas Emission.                            

For the full article on the interdisciplinary design process, Drees & Sommer, Aulikki Sonntag (pages 84ff), please go to