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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.

Innosuisse approves funding of the Energy Lab.

Innosuisse has approved 12 out of 64 applications within the NTN - Innovation Booster program. One of them: the Energy Lab., in which the NEST team is involved. It will be supported in the funding period 2021 - 2024 with a cost ceiling of 1.5 million Swiss francs.

Advancing the future of the construction industry together

The Innovation Park Central Switzerland and NEST are launching a new partnership. Together, innovative solutions for buildings and urban districts are to be designed, tested and made ready for the market.

An almost closed circle

The Urban Mining & Recycling unit is a benchmark for circular construction: it is 96% circular. This is shown by a recently published paper on the inclusion of the unit in Madaster's material register.

Selected success stories

"The partnership enables a worldwide unique product portfolio"

The NEST partners 3E Flow and Georg Fischer AG are launching a partnership. In autumn 2020, the two companies will bring an internationally unique product offer to the Swiss market that greatly optimizes the energy consumption of the water cycle.

"NEST offers startups a real environment equipped like a perfect laboratory"

The Zurich-based startup Oxygen at Work uses selected plant species to improve the air quality and energy efficiency of office buildings. In order to further optimise its services, the company works together with NEST. In the Meet2Create Unit, new plant concepts in combination with new technologies are being validated and further developed.

"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.

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With the Simulation Dasher 360 you can go on a virtual discovery tour through the rooms of NEST. 

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