Since 2015 the EPFL Fribourg has been housed at the Smart Living Lab, a research and development center for the future of the built environment, in the blueFACTORY innovation district. The construction phase for the new Smart Living Lab Building is slated for 2020 in Fribourg.

Smart Living Lab

The Smart Living Lab brings together the combined expertise of the EPFL, the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, and the University of Fribourg in research areas such as construction technologies, well-being and behaviors, interactions and design processes, and energy systems. It conducts interdisciplinary research projects through experiments in real conditions involving both researchers and companies. This allows partners from the private, public and academic sectors who are interested in developing innovative projects access to excellent research infrastructures available at the heart of the Switzerland Innovation Park (SIP) Network West EPFL.

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Public defense of Thomas Jusselme's PhD thesis (video conference)

— Thomas Jusselme (EPFL, LIPID/Building2050) invites you to the public defense of his thesis, entitled: "Data-driven method for low-carbon building design at early stages". The presentation will take place via video conference on Monday 30 March 2020 at 17:30. Participants are invited to join the Zoom live conference system on due date from 17:15 (direct link).

© 2020 Thomas Delley / Smart Living Lab

Swiss-Korean academic program: Interview with EPFL's Dolaana Khovalyg

— 30 Swiss and Korean students, from the fields of architecture, civil engineering, IT, management and environmental sciences, participated in the first edition of the ARC-HEST program. They analyzed indoor comfort during a Summer School held in Seoul in August 2019, and a Winter School held in Fribourg in February 2020. EPFL Assistant Professor Dolaana Khovalyg, Head of the Thermal Engineering for the Built Environment Laboratory (TEBEL), tells us more about this ambitious program that has already produced strong links between the six partner universities.

© 2019 Smart Living Lab

Winter School in Fribourg to study comfort in coworking spaces

— With the support of the Science and Technology Office Seoul, the Smart Living Lab and its three partner institutions (EPFL, School of Architecture and Engineering of Fribourg, and University of Fribourg) launched an academic exchange program between Switzerland and South Korea on the issue of sustainability and comfort of the built environment, together with the SungKyunKwan, EWHA, and Hanyang Universities from South Korea. The program followed by 30 students, called “ARC-HEST Architecture for human environment with smart technologies”, started in South Korea with a Summer School in Seoul, in August 2019. It successfully continues with a Winter School in Fribourg, from 2 to 14 February 2020, and focuses on comfort in coworking spaces.

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