EMPA Material Sciences and Technology

EMPA: An Institute of the ETH Domain
At Empa, we are taking on the task of developing and sketching out paths into a livable future for the coming generations.

NEST – Exploring the Future of Building
This is the modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag. At NEST, new technologies, materials and systems are tested, researched, further developed and validated under real conditions. 

move – Empa’s Future Mobility Demonstrator
Sustainable mobility means massively reducing the use of fossil energy sources as well as CO2 emissions.

ehub – The Energy Hub Demonstrator
This is an energy research and technology transfer platform aimed at optimizing energy management at district level and evaluating its influence on the overall energy system.

self – Investigating the limits of energy-efficient buildings
This is a living lab developed by Empa in order to investigate the limits of energy-efficient buildings.

dhub – Digital Hub: The hub for digital innovation
In future, digital technologies will massively change the competitive landscape in many areas, including the building, energy and mobility sectors.

World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum
The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about to hit the construction industry. Here’s how it can thrive.
Over the past decade, digital progress has transformed whole industries, ushering in a new technological era now known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Future of Construction and Infrastructure
The Infrastructure and Urban Development (IU) industry is an important player when it comes to solving these challenges and shaping a desirable future for our planet. 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which are a core driver of climate change, are attributable to facilities constructed by the industry. At the same time the IU industry is the largest consumer of raw materials further depleting scarce resources.

Shaping the Future of Construction:A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology
While most other industries have undergone tremendous changes over the last few decades, and have reaped the benefits of process and product innovations, the Engineering & Construction sector has been hesitant about fully embracing the latest technological opportunities.

6 ways the construction industry can build for the future
Digital technologies are gradually entering the construction industry, changing how infrastructure, real estate and other built assets are designed, constructed, operated and maintained. Those technologies include building information modeling (BIM), prefabrication, wireless sensors, automated and robotic equipment, and 3D-printing.

8 ways the construction industry can rebuild itself for the 21st century
Construction still has a “dull and dirty” image currently, but companies are well positioned to create a more appealing image – one of a dynamic and purpose-driven industry. In our survey, industry professionals proudly cited their beneficial impact on society (“we build things”), their contribution to national development, and their engagement with some of the serious modern challenges such as urbanization and climate change.

Future of Construction

Future of Construction
A central platform to exchange best practices and ideas guiding the infrastructure and urban development industry in its transformation.

How automation and technology will change the buildings we live in
The impact of technological disruption on this industry transcends the possible automation of construction or robotic substitution of real estate agents. Technological innovation will prolong our life expectancy, severely alter the job market and affect our ecosphere and social life.

Embodied Energy Accounting for Building Products
The embodied energy of building products and materials is not accounted for when assessing the overall “carbon footprint” of a building. Thus, the actual greenhouse gas emissions of buildings make up an even greater percentage of the overall total.

Six Working Groups comprised of industry leaders, academics and experts met regularly to develop and analyse innovative ideas, their impact, the barriers to implementing solutions and the way forward to overcoming obstacles and implementing modern approaches in the construction and engineering industry.

Rocky Mountain Institute

European Commission

2050 long-term strategy.
The European Commission calls for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

2030 climate & energy framework
The 2030 climate and energy framework includes EU-wide targets and policy objectives for the period from 2021 to 2030.