15 January 2018
Prestigious award for BTA Living Lab
Climate-KIC’s Building Technologies Accelerator (BTA) is proud to announce that one of its Living Labs, the ETH House of Natural Resources, has won the prestigious Schweighofer Prize.
The Schweighofer Prize is an important innovation award for the European Forest-Based Sector and was awarded for the 7th time in Vienna. Over 700 visitors from 41 countries from the international wood sector and representatives from the fields of research and economy took part.
The ETH House of Natural Resources
Based at the ETH Hönggerberg campus, the House of Natural Resources is one of the six pan-European BTA Living Labs. It opened just earlier this month, at a high profile event that included Climate-KIC CEO Bertrand van Ee as one of the key speakers. The exceptional building proves that hardwood is a feasible option for sustainable construction. This is mainly due to the long storage of CO₂ and the limited use of steel and cement. The House of Natural Resources also currently tests several BTA technologies that are developed by ETH:
- The Wood Façade Surface Protection
- The Adaptive Solar Façade
- Post-tensioned timber frame
- Hybrid composite slabs using beech wood
BTA Living Labs
The Living Lab network is essential to the aim of BTA. These Living Laboratories serve as real life environments to test and showcase sustainable building technologies in close collaboration with users. Thereby, they form a unique link between academia and industry, fostering the dissemination of innovative solutions into the market.
About the Schweighofer Prize
The Schweighofer Prize is donated by the Austrian Schweighofer family, which has been engaged in the European woodworking industry for generations. It rewards innovative ideas, technologies, products and services in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European Forest Based Sector.
Would you like to get more information on BTA, the House of Natural Resources or find out how to get involved? Get in touch at or visit bta.climate-kic.org.