The smart living lab combines the skills of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the School of engineering and architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR) and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR) in the following 6 research domains:
Comfort and perceptions: building’s influence on users’ comfort and health, especially thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, as well as air quality.
Interactions and behaviors: understanding the factors that influence users’ behaviors and their social interactions.
Energy networks and economics: technical management of interactions between the consumption and the production of decentralized (building) and centralized (neighborhood) energy production. New relative economic models, prosumer concept (consumer-producer).
Active systems and controls: new technologies in heating, ventilation and lighting integrated to the building. Control and automation methods which account for changing needs and climatic fluctuations.