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 is up and running

On May 23, 2016, NEST was officially inaugurated. In his welcome address, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann Schneider-Ammann, was clearly delighted about the project.

Vision Wood docks to NEST

After four weeks of prefabrication in the factory of wood construction company Renggli, the installation of the Vision Wood unit in NEST took place in the last week of April. A truly spectacular feat.

“Ground-breaking” for the First NEST Unit

NEST is getting some meat on the bone: On January 12, 2016, the construction work got underway on the office unit Meet2Create. The teams from HSLU and NEST celebrated the milestone together on site.

A View of the Construction Site

Our webcam monitors the daily progress of the work on the NEST building site. Experience the construction process so far in fast-forward.

A Virtual Tour of NEST

Fly over the Empa and Eawag campus, step into the NEST building and see what NEST looks like from the inside.


Energy Research at District Level

eHub – the Energy Hub Demonstrator – will also commence operations with NEST. Its goal: to optimize energy flows at district level. 

NEST in the Words of the Empa Deputy CEO

At Swissbau 2016 Peter Richner, Empa Deputy CEO and intellectual father of NEST, presented his vision of "research in real time". In NEST this vision will soon be a reality (video in German).

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.

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.