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Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies

Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies

The Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies (NEST) living lab at Empa in Dübendorf, Switzerland, is a versatile, modular platform to accelerate innovation in the areas of construction, building automation and smart living, as well as the sustainable use of materials, electricity and water.


As such, it provides partners from academia and industry with a real-life open-innovation environment to implement and evaluate their concepts and technologies. Its modular design enables rapid adaptation to emerging research topics and allows for a continuous learning process. The worldwide unique NEST infrastructure currently features six thematic research units, in which people live, work and exercise, making it a highly dynamic living lab. In addition, the NEST WaterHub offers a platform for wastewater research and the EnergyHub connects all units with electrical and thermal storage in a neighbourhood grid.


The DigitalHub adds a virtual layer with a digital twin and an IoT network on top of this physical infrastructure. NEST has over 1000 visitors per month and regularly offers workshops for professionals from the construction and energy industries. Since 2016, NEST has created a strong ecosystem of more than 140 partners.

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Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies

Historically Labelled Living Labs


Since its formation in 2006 ENoLL has labelled 440+ Living Labs. See the full list of Labelled Living Labs who are not active members of the network.



Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2023
New York City, USA
9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78)

OpenLivingLab Days 2023

Thursday, 21 Sep 2023
Barcelona, Spain
Flagship event of the Living Lab community, this year in Barcelona!

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