Building 2050

The Building2050 group, coordinated by Sergi Aguacil, was founded in 2014, following the creation of the EPFL Fribourg satellite campus and of the smart living lab. Its activities support the development of the smart living lab building, which will house a hundred smart living lab researchers as of 2021, as a research object and outcome.

The mission of the Building2050 research group is to provide scientific and technical support for the research projects that are using the smart living lab building as an experimental tool. The team also integrates the results of the research program into the design, implementation, and operation of the smart living lab building.


Team to design the future building of the Smart Living Lab selected

— PRESS RELEASE | The group made up of Behnisch Architekten, Drees & Sommer Schweiz AG, and ZPF Ingenieure AG wins the Parallel Studies Mandate (Mandat d’études parallèles – MEP) launched in 2018 by Bluefactory Fribourg-Freiburg SA and the Smart Living Lab in order to define the project of the new iconic building of the research center located in the blueFACTORY innovation district, Fribourg. The winning project, named “HOP”, was singled out amongst four proposals for its open, flexible, integrative and user-centric character, and for the experimental potential as its signature feature. It also has a remarkable environmental performance, due in particular to the use of wood as its main material. All projects will be presented during an exhibition from September 13 to 26 at the Smart Living Lab. The construction of the building will start end of 2020 in Fribourg, with a budget of 25 million francs voted by the State of Fribourg in 2018.

Smart Living Lab's annual report 2018

— The Smart Living Lab has published its 2018 annual report (in three languages) highlighting the Lab’s research activities dedicated to the future of the built environment. The report describes the launch of the parallel studies mandate for its future building, the inauguration of the NeighborHub solar house in the blueFACTORY innovation district, and outlines more than 100 interdisciplinary research projects.

Humanitarian tents: focus on environmental performances

— Smart Living Lab research groups FAR, HOBEL and Building2050 are partnering with croqAIR to assess the thermal performances and indoor air quality of standard humanitarian tents at the blueFACTORY site in Fribourg, from June 2019 to January 2020.

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Latest Publications

Workshop BEEP Camp for Students

T. Jusselme 

CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 16-22 December 2018.

Energy efficiency trends in European buildings

T. Jusselme 

CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 2018-12-19.

Integrated design in relation to the overheating risk, thermal comfort and energy demand in hot climates

T. Jusselme 

CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 2018-12-20.

ECABO software: Energy and Carbon Assesment of Buildings in Operation

D. Vuarnoz 

Integrating hourly life-cycle energy and carbon emissions of energy supply in buildings

D. Vuarnoz 

Dataset concerning the hourly conversion factors for the cumulative energy demand and its non-renewable part, and hourly GHG emission factors of the Swiss mix during a one year period (2015-2016).

T. Jusselme; D. Vuarnoz 

Data in Brief. 2018-12-09. Vol. 21, p. 1026-1028.

Stratégie de rénovation active pour le parc bâti suisse. Cas d’étude à Neuchâtel

S. Aguacil Moreno 

Build & Connect - Technologies et pratiques pionnières du bâtiment, Strasbourg, France, November 28-29, 2018.

Findings from a survey on the current use of life-cycle assessment in building design

T. Jusselme; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2018-12-10. PLEA 2018 - Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit, Hong-Kong, December 10-12, 2018.

Neutral global warming potential target of electricity storage as threshold for greenhouse gas emission mitigation in buildings

D. Vuarnoz; T. Jusselme 

2018-12-10. Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference (PLEA 2018): Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit, Hong-Kong, December 10-12, 2018. p. 1217.

Usability assessment of building performance simulation tools: a pilot study

S. Cozza; T. Jusselme; M. Andersen 

2018-09-12. Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment - SDBE 2018, September 12-13, 2018.
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Setting contextual life-cycle objectives in urban design: requirements for a decision-support method

É. Nault; T. Jusselme; M. Andersen 

2018-09-17. Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE), London, UK, September 12-13, 2018.

Integrating hourly life-cycle energy and carbon emissions of energy supply in buildings

D. Vuarnoz; S. Cozza; T. Jusselme; G. Magnin; T. Schafer et al. 

Sustainable Cities and Society. 2018-08-29. num. 43, p. 305-316. DOI : 10.1016/j.scs.2018.08.026.

Temporal variations in the primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of electricity provided by the Swiss grid

D. Vuarnoz; T. Jusselme 

Energy. 2018-07-24. num. 161, p. 573-582. DOI : 10.1016/

On the Influence of Thermal Mass and Natural Ventilation on Overheating Risk in Offices

A. Brambilla; J. Bonvin; F. Flourentzou; T. Jusselme 

Buildings. 2018-03-22. DOI : 10.3390/buildings8040047.

An integrative approach for embodied energy: Towards an LCA-based data-driven design method

T. Jusselme; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2018-02-27. Vol. 88, p. 123-132. DOI : 10.1016/j.rser.2018.02.036.

Development and validation of an intelligent algorithm for synchronizing a low-environmental-impact electricity supply with a building’s electricity consumption

T. Schafer; E-L. Niederhauser; G. Magnin; D. Vuarnoz 

2018. The 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies (ICRET 2018), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 16-18, 2018.

Life cycle efficiency ratio: a new performance indicator for a life cycle driven approach to evaluate the potential of ventilative cooling and thermal inertia

A. Brambilla; J. P. Bonvin; F. Flourentzou; T. Jusselme 

Energy and Buildings. 2018. Vol. 163, p. 22-33. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.12.010.