Smart Living Lab building: Fribourg contractor wins public tender
JPF Entreprise Générale SA in Bulle has won the public tender to construct the new Smart Living Lab building on the blueFACTORY site. The aim of the project, which is subject to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act and funded by the canton of Fribourg, is to provide a shared laboratory facility and workspace for research teams from the EPFL, the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, and the University of Fribourg.
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.