Together with the Science and Technology Office Seoul, the Smart Living Lab has launched a Swiss-Korean Academic Exchange Program on the topic of sustainable and comfortable built working environment. Academic partners in South Korea are the universities SungKyunKwan, EWHA, and Hanyang. The "ARC-HEST Architecture for human environment with smart technologies program" comprises a Summer School in Seoul and a Winter School in Fribourg. The topic of Winter comfort will be studied in Switzerland on 2-14 February 2020.

Attention to human comfort and performance in the indoor built environment is growing worldwide due to the increased number of hours spent indoors and the space limitation in highly populated cities. The working environment and cultural differences, traditions, and challenges of South Korea and Switzerland is fertile soil to brainstorm around the indoor built environment issues. The ARC-HEST exchange program focuses on the synergy between architectural design, human factors, and technologies in the office buildings as well as their combined effects on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and interaction of the occupants with the building.

Both the Summer and the Winter schools programs comprise lectures, workshops, and studios. All multidisciplinary group works are closely associated with visits, on-site measurement sessions, performance assessments and interviews over selected case study buildings equipped with workplaces in shared offices. Based on their findings, the groups then try to develop innovative solutions for the improvement of the built indoor environment, the satisfaction of the occupants and the human-building interactions. A special focus is put on the relationships between these functional features and the architectural aspects in order to better conciliate their respective requirements.

Behavior of buildings and indoor environmental quality are generally different for heating (Winter) and cooling (Summer) seasons. For these reasons, the topic of Summer comfort was investigated in South Korea during the Summer Exchange School on 18-30 August 2019 and the topic of Winter comfort will be studied in Switzerland during the Winter Exchange School on 2-14 February 2020. For more information, see the ARC-HEST program's webpage.