Building out of concrete, but without pouring concrete
EPFL researchers have built a footbridge prototype using reinforced-concrete blocks from walls of a building being renovated. The blocks were cut into individual pieces on site and assembled into a prestressed arch. This project, which marks the first time concrete has been reused in this way, is part of an initiative to substantially shrink the construction industry’s carbon footprint by adopting a circular economy approach. The footbridge will be inaugurated at a ceremony at the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg on 11 October.
Dr. Yang appointed as a Youth Editor of Building Simulation Journal
Dr. Shen Yang from the Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) of EPFL is selected as a Youth Editorial Member of Building Simulation Journal. This journal publishes original and high quality research papers and review articles regarding modeling and simulation to promote the field of building science and technology.
Smart Living Lab's annual report 2020
Welcome to Smart Living Lab's annual report for 2020, a year that saw our lives turned upside down by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This history-making crisis revealed our vulnerabilities as well as our resilience and suddenly redefined the way we live, work, and interact. On the one hand, it forced us to rethink our professional workspaces, in a context where remote working has been widely practiced. On the other hand, it shined a light on the importance of ventilation and air quality inside buildings. These are two of the Smart Living Lab research areas that were brought to the forefront during this time.