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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.

NEST receives SIA Umsicht award

On 22 March 2017 the SIA awarded NEST a prize as part of its "Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2017" awards. NEST was acknowledged as providing a major contribution to the future design of Switzerland. We are honored!

Solar Fitness & Wellness is taking shape

The building work on the Solar Fitness & Wellness unit is making steady progress. From August onwards, users will be able to enthusiastically indulge their sporting passions and recover from their efforts.

At home in NEST

Two students are now living in the Vision Wood NEST unit. We visited Patryk Spera and David Norris in their very unusual flat, and talked to them about their life in the research environment.

Construction work gets underway on Solar Fitness & Wellness unit

In mid-December, work on the Solar Fitness & Wellness unit began on the top platform of NEST facing the Academy. Follow the progress on the webcam.

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.

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.

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.

«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.

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