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.
The mouse at NEST
On Sunday, 7 March 2021, the "Sendung mit der Maus" celebrates its 50th birthday. For the anniversary edition of the most successful children's show on German TV, Armin Maiwald, anchorman from the very beginning, visited NEST. The topic: How is the construction of the future going to be circular?
From PV module to design object
There is plenty of space for energy generation on building envelopes. However, photovoltaic façades are still rare, even though technology and aesthetics can be combined. As part of a competition, students at the HSLU therefore designed photovoltaic modules as design objects for a façade of NEST on the Empa campus. The winning projects were selected on February 19, 2021.
Ready for the market – thanks to an interdisciplinary partnership
At NEST, a new unit is currently being planned: STEP2. In this project, various partners from research and industry are working together to drive innovation in the field of circular economy, in industrial and digital fabrication, in the building envelope and in energy systems.