On October 23, 2015 around 70 researchers of the SCCER FEEB&D met for the Midterm Session at Empa.
Researchers from Empa and EPFL presented auspicious results on new materials for building envelopes that are promising energy savings as well as comfort improvements. In line with this, ETH Zurich analyzed the market diffusion of new technologies in the building sector. These results will help us to bring our new ideas faster to the market.
Jean-Louis Scartezzini from EPFL illustrated how self-sufficient lighting could be achieved by a combination of good light management and photovoltaic elements in the facade. John Lygeros of ETH Zurich presented new concepts for the control of energy management in buildings. An important part of his presentation was dedicated to decentralized energy systems. In this topic ETH Zurich, EPFL, University of Geneva, HSLU and Empa work closely together. On one hand advances were made in the modelling and optimization of such systems, on the other hand geographic information system (GIS) based databases are being developed. These databases will identify the energy demand and the potential for the local production of renewable energy.
Peter Richner was very pleased about the active participation of partners from industry, who introduced their own point of view with presentations across all topics. Only this way can be ensured that the ambitious goals of the SCCER FEEB&D (reduction of the ecological footprint of buildings by a factor 3 by 2035) can be achieved.