Reinforcement learning for optimal control of low exergy buildingsOur research on reinforcement learning controllers for building systems has been published in Applied Energy!
The highlights of this paper are
FAQs zur Prüfung Technische Installationen I+II
Informationen zu den prüfungsrelevanten Themen und Frequently Asked Questions im Menu Teaching
Adaptive Solar Facade, opened at the House of Natural ResourcesThe Adaptive Solar Facade realised its first real world application in the House of Natural Resources Building (HoNR) at the ETH Zürich Hönggerberg Campus. The dynamic facade consisting of 50 thin film solar panels enables controlled shading and on sight photovoltaic generation. This combination of effects will effectively make the office directly behind the facade a zero-energy office.
HiLo exhibit @ Construmat, Beyond Building, Barcelona
'Construmat is an annual international construction fair, held in Barcelona, Spain. This year’s edition, Beyond Building Barcelona, is taking place between May 19th and May 23rd 2015. As part of the Pavilion of Innovation 2015, select projects and prototypes will be exhibited, including HiLo’s funicular floor system and Adaptive Solar Facade.'
Taken from NEST HiLo Blog, view more: http://hilo.arch.ethz.ch
Watch the video, also featuring our Adaptive Solar Facade: Day3
Gebäude der Zukunft - Messe Energie + Bauen, St. Gallen
Vortrag am Freitag, 22.05.2015 von Arno Schlüter am Fachkongress Energie + Bauen, Messe St. Gallen. Der Themenschwerpunkt ist 'Gebäude der Zukunft'. Arno Schlüter gibt Einblick in die Arbeit der Professur zum Thema 'Effektive und effiziente Sanierung von Gebäuden und Gebäudebeständen'.
Occupant Centered Control published
Our research on advanced controls for buildings that include occupant interaction has been published in Energy & Buildings. The highlights of this paper are
- Simple setup using only two sensors
- Experimental study in real world environment with multiple participants
- Presentation of set-point adaptation curves
- Discussion of the applicability for different room types
- Energy savings of up to 70%
Advanced Building Skins - Keynote by Prof. Schlueter
Prof. Arno Schlueter will present current research at the Architecture and Building Systems Group on adaptive envelopes in a Keynote at the 'Advanced Building Skins' conference at TU Graz, from April 23-24. Stay tuned for the detailed program.
Integrated building energy demand model for neighborhoods and city districts published in 'Applied Energy'
Our Integrated model for characterization of spatiotemporal building energy consumption patterns in neighborhoods and city districts has been published in the peer-reviewed journal 'Applied Energy':
Zernez Energia 2020 Projekt gewinnt Sonderpreis beim Zurich Klimapreis
Das Projekt Zernez Energia 2020, ein gemeinsames Forschungsprojekt der Gemeinde Zernez und der ETH gewinnt den 'Sonderpreis Bauen + Wohnen' beim Zurich Klimapreis 2014. Gratulation an alle Projektteilnehmer! Im Modul A hat die Professur für Architektur und Gebäudesysteme im Rahmen des Projekts neue Ansätze für die Entwicklung von Sanierungsstrategien grosser Gebäudebestände entwickelt.
> Mehr Informationen zum Projekt hier
> Beitrag auf dem ETH Zukunftsblog hier
Workshop - Active & Adaptive Building Technologies
There will be a workshop by ETH Zurich and TU Graz on November, 24 and 25 at ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL H 35.1. The workshop will include a keynote from Prof. Arno Schlüter on Monday, November, 24 at 1.30 p.m.
3for2 project in Singapore has been nominated in the Top 10 for the GreenTec Awards 2015
Go to the website of GreenTec Awards, category urbanism. Everyone can vote from November, 6!
Apply now - three PhD positions Architecture & Technology
The "Doctoral Programme in Architecture and Technology", organized and offered by the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), offers three full-time, fully funded PhD positions. If you are interested in joining our research group certainly apply! Deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. Check out the application deadlines and requirements.
Future Cities Lab Exhibition and Symposium
The research community at FCL would like to invite you to an Exhibition and Symposium to engage in their most recent work. The Exhibition and Symposium – entitled Research, Outcomes, and Prospects – will showcase the context, findings, products, and methods of the diverse research projects undertaken in FCL. In the symposium as well as in the exhibition we will present research our our Module 1 and of the 3-for-2 / Beyond Efficiency project currently under realization in Singapore.
Please find more information on the even here.
2 MSc Projects in Advanced Building Systems
Zernez Energia 2020 - Project Website and Exhibition Opening
On Monday, 21st of July, the exhibition of the research project 'Zernez Energia 2020' will open in Zernez. Please find more details as well as project description (in german) on the new project website zernezenergia2020.ch.
An article by Arno Schlueter on the project at ETH Zukunftsblog (in German) can be found here: ETH Zukunftsblog
(Image source: Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich)
Prof. Schlueter appointed Full Professor of Architecture & Building Systems
'Professor Arno Schlueter, currently Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, has been appointed as Full Professor of Architecture and Building Systems. Arno Schlueter researches the interactions between energy/building technology and architecture, from new building system components through to urban districts. He thus captures the potential for more efficient energy usage and enables renewable sources of energy to be harnessed at local level. Arno Schlueters work strengthens the increasingly important bridge between technology and architecture. His familiarity with all the relevant standards – from technological details through to the urban level – together with his scientific and industrial network make him an extremely valuable member of the Department of Architecture.'
Official announcement of the ETH Rat
Results of the Workshop 'Sun, Air and the City' exhibited at CAADRIA
An installation with a video of the workshop process and an urban model of the results has been exhibited at the Kyoto Institute of Technology during the CAADRIA conference from the 14 to the 17 May.
SuAT part of the Swiss Competence Centers in Energy Research (SCCER)
The SCCER Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (FEEB&D) develops new materials, components, systems and concepts which will enable the reduction of the energy demand of the Swiss building stock by a factor of five during the next decades. FEEB&D is focusing on high performance insulation materials, integra- tion of renewable energies in buildings, efficient operation of buildings and their integration into local multi- energy grids. To complete the holistic approach, socio-economic issues related to the implementation of these new concepts in practice are addressed as well. To reach these ambitious goals, the major players from academia and industry have teamed up in FEEB&D. This coordinated effort will support the new Federal Energy Policy, strengthen the Swiss research scene and foster the competitiveness of Swiss industry.
More information on SCCER FEEB&D can be found here.
'Sun, Air and the City', workshop at the CAADRIA Conference in Kyoto
Physical proprieties of a building site such as solar radiation, air flows, and visibilities are key factors to achieve human comfort and an efficient employment of technologies.
During 12-13 May we are proposing a hands-in workshop on a new conceptual design methodology entitled Volumetric Site Analysis.
Design Performance Viewer SuAT Edition released
The Design Performance Viewer is an add-in to Autodesk Revit 2014 that provides a simple workflow for dynamic simulation of the early design phase of buildings using the EnergyPlus simulation engine. This is an example application of the Design Performance Framework. The Design Performance Viewer installer includes a template with predefined constructions and materials to streamline the creation of valid models. Read the user manual for more information on the capabilities of the DPV.