Low-carbon ‘Living Lab’ in Sweden set to bridge gap between academia and industry

Climate-KIC’s Building Technologies Accelerator (BTA) is set to open a new ‘Living Lab’ in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2016.

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Built on the Chalmers University of Technology campus in Gothenburg, Sweden, the HSB Living Lab will have 29 apartments, 450 square metre footprint and will provide a home for 30 to 40 students and researchers.

It is fully equipped to test and develop sustainable innovations for homes, working in a co-creation setting with the occupants.

Climate-KIC’s Building Technologies Accelerator has a strong pan-European Living Lab network, consisting of commercial and residential buildings.

Climate-KIC makes a virtual stop in Sweden this week (27 July – 2 August) as part of its journey to the UN climate change summit COP21 in Paris. For more items in this series visit the #JourneyToParis page.

Living Labs

Living Labs are used to test innovations in close collaboration with users. They fulfil a unique role in bridging the gap between academia and industry, proving the performance of innovations and minimising market risks.

“The international Living Lab Labs take technologies off the research campus and offer a chance to test things like carbon and cost savings in a real world space, closely together with occupants. It’s a way of overcoming the natural conservatism of the industry by creating a strong evidence base for what we’re doing,” says David Goatman, Head of Sustainability and Energy at global property consultant Knight Frank and a BTA project partner.

HSB Housing Corporation

The HSB Living Lab is a cooperation between HSB Housing Corporation, Johanneberg Science Park and Chalmers University of Technology among others, and is expected to open in 2016.

HSB is one of the largest housing cooperatives in Sweden with over 500,000 members nationwide.

The HSB Living Lab is one of the innovations that are part of BTA’s activities in Sweden.

Other low carbon solutions developed by Climate-KIC’s Building Technologies Accelerator in Sweden are:

    • The Next Generation Building Envelope Systems. These ultra-thin concrete wall panels are lighter and more durable than the existing available solutions. This technology fully replaces Portland cement (high reduction of CO2 emissions) and uses textile reinforcement instead of steel. This façade system is one of the sustainable innovations to be tested in the HSB Living Lab and is developed by BTA partner Chalmers University of Technology.
BTA_Next Generation Building Envelope System_Visualisation by Chalmers University of Technology
BTA  – Next Generation Building Envelope System, Visualisation by Chalmers University of Technology
  • Cluster-based energy consumption prediction tool. This tool is an adaptable prediction tool for energy consumption and very suitable for large-scale property owners. By precisely predicting substantial fluctuations in the energy supply, more renewable energy can be provided. Financially it is very attractive, as it is a cheaper alternative to smart metering devices. This technology will be tested in the HSB Living Lab and is developed by BTA-partner Chalmers University of Technology
  • Smart and Sustainable Offices. A sustainable office guideline for new and existing offices. This guideline reduces CO2 emissions, creates energy efficient office spaces and improves employee health, wellbeing and productivity. This solution is developed by BTA partners Chalmers University of Technology and Valencia Institute of Building.

For a full overview of the BTA Living Lab network, BTA technologies and to find out how to get in touch: have a look at the BTA Brochure, or visit the Building Technologies Accelerator web pages.

Climate-KIC’s Journey to Paris

Climate-KIC runs its #JourneytoParis campaign from June until December 2015, with the UN’s crucial COP21 climate change summit as destination.

Every week for 28 weeks, Climate-KIC puts the spotlight on a different part of Europe. Join us and meet the people and initiatives who are building Europe’s low-carbon economy!