August 7, 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.