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NEST – Exploring the Future of Buildings

NEST accelerates the process of innovation in the building sector. In this modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag, new technologies, materials and systems are tested, researched, honed and validated in realistic conditions. The close cooperation with partners from research, industry and the public sector helps launch innovative building and energy technologies on the market faster.

Cadre d'Or 2017 for Vision Wood

Baukader Schweiz presented the Cadre d'Or for outstanding achievements in the field of wood construction. The Silver Award went to Tanja Zimmermann and Ingo Burgert for Vision Wood.

HiLo roof prototype passes field test

Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of the ultra-thin, curved concrete roof for the NEST unit HiLo using innovative digital design and fabrication methods.

Sustainable wellness with solar energy

On 24 August 2017 the Solar Fitness & Wellness unit at NEST opened its doors. It's objective: to substantially reduce the energy consumption of wellness facilities, and to produce the remaining energy by itself.

The construction of NEST in timelapse

From the groundbreaking in August 2014 to today: Our webcam has tracked how NEST was built and has continued to develop to this day. You can see the whole development in a timelapse.

«Il giardino di Albert» visited NEST

The scientific TV program "Il giardino di Albert" of the RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera visited NEST and shows the unique advantages that the network of NEST, move and ehub offers. Video in Italian language.

The ideas behind NEST

A modular research platform based on a simple plug-and-play principle, which combines research and industry: two fundamental ideas of NEST clearly explained.

A virtual tour of NEST

Fly over the Empa and Eawag campus, witness how the new units will be installed, step into the NEST building and see what NEST looks like from the inside.

Get your product on the market sooner

Reduce the time it takes to develop your products and make the most of the access to national and international experts. NEST helps innovative companies realize their ideas.

Energy research at district level

ehub – the Energy Hub Demonstrator – commences operations with NEST. Its goal: to combine energy flows in the mobility, housing and work sector and optimize them at district level.

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