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Developing Innovations for Buildings with a Reduced Environmental Footprint: The Nest Project

Author(s): P. Richner
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials and Systems, Vol. 1
Editor(s): Manu Santhanam, Ravindra Gettu, Radhakrishna G. Pillai, Sunitha K. Nayar
ISBN: 978-2-35158-193-3
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-191-9
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2017
Pages: 95-98
Total Pages: 4
Language : English

Abstract: Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of global energy demand, 25% of global water consumption, 40% of global resources and 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to limit the environmental footprint of mankind, the way buildings are constructed, operated and dismantled has to be changed fundamentally. New materials, systems and concepts have to be transferred much faster from research to practice. The living lab NEST is designed to foster the needed acceleration of the innovation process. NEST consists of a backbone with 2’500 m2 innovation area where single living and office units can be built. Each unit is addressing a specific topic such as lightweight construction, urban mining or solar façades and is planned and built by a consortium with partners from academia and industry. The units are connected by a multi-energy grid to an energy hub in order to maximise the harvesting and use of renewable energy on site and a water hub to investigate new urban water management solutions. The market readiness of the new solutions is accelerated thanks to the scientific evaluation of the technical performance and the feedback from the people living and working in the units.

Online publication : 2017
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros) : 0.00

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