NEST - Exploring the Future of Buildings
NEST is the modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag. At NEST, new technologies, materials and systems are tested, researched, further developed and validated under real conditions. Close cooperation with partners from research, industry and the public sector ensures that innovative construction and energy technologies are put onto the market faster. NEST contributes to making the use of resources and energy more sustainable and circular.
Rethinking construction: From polluter to vacuum cleaner
In his speech at the opening ceremony of Swissbau 2022, Peter Richner shows that the construction industry can and must make an enormously important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. To do so, however, it is crucial to take a new direction. This change is central to achieve our climate goals.
Kick-off for the CBI Innovation Booster
In order to find and promote new approaches to make the building industry more circular, the "Circular Building Lab", co-initiated by NEST, is running Innosuisse's "CBI Innovation Booster". As part of this, an expert jury selected four project ideas in an initial online pitching session, which are to be supported with money and know-how and brought to marketability.
Call for energy transition project ideas
The Energy Lab, which NEST is part of, has announced the next call for energy transition project ideas. The focus lies on all aspects of the energy strategy 2050 including the energy supply, distribution and demand in buildings, mobility and industry. Project ideas can be submitted now and the ones that convince the jury will receive financial support.
Selected success stories
Acoustics from the 3D printer
In the STEP2 unit's floor slab project, the team developed a novel acoustics solution that will be discreetly integrated into the ribbed filigree slab: A box from the 3D printer. It enables a high acoustics quality of a room despite a sound-reflecting surface and extends the design freedom for the architects.
"Wastewater is a source of nutrients, energy and water"
Circular economy holds great potential when it comes to wastewater. At NEST, Eawag, Keramik Laufen AG and Vuna are working together to further advance this topic by processing urine into a marketable fertilizer.
"At NEST we were able to show that our algorithm can save 25 percent energy"
Empa researchers used NEST as a research platform to test and further develop an innovative, self-learning heating control system. The result: the intelligent control system achieved a higher level of comfort with less energy.