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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.

Building with robots and 3D printers

At NEST eight ETH professors are collaborating with business partners to build the DFAB HOUSE. It is the first building in the world to be designed, planned and built using predominantly digital processes.

NEST celebrates its first birthday

NEST officially opened just over a year ago – and a great deal has happened since. At the partner event on 22 June 2017, the NEST network partners took a look back and toured the construction sites currently underway.

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.

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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