dimarts, 27 d’octubre de 2020

SUSLA App: Students document a 33% reduction in their lifestyle carbon footprint due to COVID-19

 15 UPC students aged between 20 and 31 with diverse cultural backgrounds and 7 different nationalities participated in the evaluation of their pre-COVID-19 and current, COVID-19-influenced lifestyle carbon footprint.

The SUSLA Carbon calculator (www.susla.app), co-developed by UPC under the lead of Prof. Torsten Masseck, has been used for this experiment, allowing for specific assessment of individual lifestyle carbon footprints in the fields of housing, mobility, leisure, food and consumption of goods.   

An average pre-COVID-19 lifestyle carbon footprint of 12.9T CO2equ/pers*y has been reported with ranges between 4.4T and 21.6T. The sectorial distribution of the pre-COVID-19 lifestyle carbon footprint has been dominated by Leisure (29%) and Mobility (23%), followed by Food (22%), Housing (12%) and consumption of Goods (12%).

An average COVID-19 influenced lifestyle carbon footprint of 8.6T CO2 equ/pers*y has been reported with ranges between 5.6T and 20.1T. The sectorial distribution of the COVID-19 influenced lifestyle carbon footprint shows to be dominated by Food (32%) and Housing (24%), followed by Mobility (19%), Leisure (13%) and Consumption of Goods (12%).

An average overall reduction of lifestyle carbon footprints of the participants of 33% could be stated through this experiment.

Some students describe surprise and concerns about their elevated lifestyle carbon footprints and are generally surprised about the high impact of their pre-COVID-19 mobility patterns, which through COVID-19 related restrictions have changed essentially.

Conclusion are that the COVID-19 pandemic shows to have an elevated contribution to desired and undesired lifestyle changes, which may result in an important reduction of individual lifestyle carbon footprints. Further research might focus on how to maintain desired low-carbon lifestyle changes as well as how to revert undesired lifestyle changes due to COVID-19 through low-carbon alternatives in the future, instead of the return to carbon intensive pre-COVID-19 habits.

dimarts, 20 d’octubre de 2020

New SUSLA App - Create your personal pathway for a more sustainable lifestyle!

The new SUSLA App is out!

The SUSLA App is the world's first web application that analyzes individual behavior and proposes concrete solutions for the implementation of a sustainable lifestyle. It accompanies users in their everyday life and can measure the effectiveness of new behavioral patterns.

 

The SUSLA Web-App calculates the Carbon and Material Footprints related to your personal lifestyle. It then offers you options to reduce your footprint through specific actions, creating your personal roadmap for a more sustainable lifestyle.

SUSLA furthermore gives you information about the specific savings you can achieve through your selected actions and reminds you weekly on their implementation.

 

We at UPC have co-developed this Coaching App together with institutions in Germany, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico and India. We now invite test users in these countries to test SUSLA and give us feedback on its Beta-Version, helping us to further develop the App. 

 

Would you like to live more sustainable and help us in our research?

So please access the SUSLA Web-App under the following link: https://www.susla.app/

 

If you would like to exchange experiences and connect to other SUSLA users, you can join our Facebook SUSLA community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2640569172923855/

 

The App is under constant development and your feedback is very important for its success! So please give us your recommendations on improvements, share with us your user experience or tell us about any problem you might have encountered under the following link: https://www.soscisurvey.de/SUSLA/

 


[cat] La nova SUSLA App ja està disponible!

SUSLA és la primera aplicació web del món que analitza el comportament individual i proposa solucions concretes per implementar un estil de vida sostenible. Aquesta acompanya als usuaris en el seu dia a dia, i mesura l'efectivitat dels nous patrons de comportament.

 

L'aplicació SUSLA calcula la petjada de carboni i material del teu estil de vida, i ofereix un rang d'accions específiques amb les quals reduir-los, creant un full de ruta personal per a un estil de vida més sostenible.

 

A més a més, SUSLA et dona informació especifica de l'estalvi que pots aconseguir amb la implementació de les accions seleccionades i recordatoris setmanals sobre la seva implementació.

 

Nosaltres a la UPC hem desenvolupat aquesta App d'assessoria, junt amb institucions de Alemanya, Finlàndia, Suïssa, Mèxic i Índia, i ara invitem usuaris d’aquests països per provar la versió Beta de SUSLA, perquè ens donin la seva opinió i així, ajudar-nos a seguir desenvolupant la App. 

 

T’agradaria viure de forma més sostenible i ajudar-nos en la nostra investigació?

 

Si us plau, accedeix a la Web-App SUSLA amb el següent link: 

https://www.susla.app/

 

Si vols intercanviar experiències i connectar amb altres usuaris de SUSLA, pots unir-te a la nostra comunitat SUSLA de Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2640569172923855/

 

L'aplicació està en constant desenvolupament, i la teva opinió és molt important per nosaltres. Així que si us plau, dóna’ns recomanacions sobre millores, comparteix amb nosaltres la teva experiència d'usuari o explica'ns qualsevol problema que hagis trobat en el següent enllaç:

https://www.soscisurvey.de/SUSLA/

 

 

[cast] ¡Ya está disponible la nueva SUSLA App!

SUSLA es la primera aplicación web del mundo que analiza el comportamiento individual y propone soluciones concretas para implementar un estilo de vida sostenible. Esta acompaña a los usuarios en su día a día y mide la efectividad de los nuevos patrones de comportamiento.

 

La aplicación SUSLA calcula la huella de carbono y material de tu estilo de vida, y ofrece un rango de acciones específicas con las que reducirlos, creando una hoja de ruta personal para un estilo de vida más sostenible.

 

Además, SUSLA te da información específica del ahorro que puede lograr con la implementación de las acciones seleccionadas y recordatorios semanales sobre su implementación.

 

Nosotros en la UPC hemos desarrollado esta App de asesoría, junto con otras instituciones de Alemania, Finlandia, Dinamarca, Suiza, México e India, y ahora invitamos usuarios de estos países a probar la versión Beta de SUSLA, para que nos den su opinión y nos ayuden a seguir desarrollando la App.

 

¿Te gustaría vivir de forma más sostenible y ayudarnos en nuestra investigación?

 

Puedes acceder a la Web-App SUSLA con el siguiente link: 

https://www.susla.app/

 

Si quiere intercambiar experiencias y conectar con otros usuarios de SUSLA, puedes unirte a nuestra comunidad SUSLA de Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2640569172923855/

 

La aplicación está en constante desarrollo, y tu opinión es muy importante para nosotros. Así que, por favor, danos tus recomendaciones sobre mejoras, comparte con nosotros, tu experiencia de usuario o cuéntanos cualquier problema que hayas podido encontrar en el siguiente enlace:

https://www.soscisurvey.de/SUSLA/

 

dijous, 9 de juliol de 2020

INNOVATION AND CO-CREATION SEMINAR MSC RENE 2020: HOUSING-ENERGY-LIFESTYLE

A new edition of our Innovation and Co-creation Seminar has been held for the InnoEnergy MSc Program "Renewable Energies" (RENE) with 24 students from 8 different countries working on a “Holistic Sustainability Approach for Innovations”. Due to the exceptional situation of the COVID Pandemia the whole seminar had to be converted into an online course, quite contrary to the concept of our Living Lab as a place to meet, discuss, explore and design in a inspiring place like our LOW3 energy self-sufficient solar house.

Nevertheless, students could visit the Living Lab virtually through guided visits which are part of our MOOC course "LOW3-Living Zero!", and many other online materials could be made available for analyzing the LOW3 concepts and technologies as inspiring starting point for looking into a more sustainable future.

Again students worked during 3 days on "Sustainable Lifestyle Scenarios 2030" including technological, environmental and socioeconomic forecasting as a result of the presented projects and generated discussions.

The first day was dedicated to Innovation through the presentation and analysis of research projects in the three main focus areas of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle.

HOUSING: Students got known to the innovative concepts of UPC's nearly zero energy buildings, exploring and analyzing the technological concepts of the LOW3 prototype house in the fields of solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, HVAC, bioclimatic building management and energy monitoring systems, energy storage and circularity. A forecasting exercise, projecting the analyzed technologies to 2030 allowed to enter fully into the discussion about the relationships between housing, energy and sustainability.
ENERGY: Students got introduced into the results of the  R4E - Roadmaps for Energy project (www.roadmapsforenergy.eu), getting known to the developed energy roadmaps for European partner cities in the field of Smart Buildings and Smart Urban Spaces and Smart Mobility in order to discuss energy transition of society in the coming decades.

LIFESTYLE: Students got introduced to a holistic transition to sustainability through the international Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator project 2018-2020 (www.suslifespain.blogspot.com, www.suslife.info), where UPC collaborates with international partners from 7 counties under the lead of the Wuppertal Institute in the reduction of the environmental impact of private households. 

The second day was dedicated to co-creation, applying the R4E methodology of complexity maps and roadmapping for the generation of innovative product or service concepts for a “more sustainable urban life in 2030
A guest lecture by Michael Lettenmeier from Aalto University (Finland) and director of D-MAT, gave to students valuable insights on resource consumption, resource acountabilty and pathways for 1.5º lifestyles which would allow living within the planetary boundaries.
Finally, students co-created in dynamic group sessions through a story telling approach concepts for “a more sustainable urban life in 2030 with fruitful follow-up discussions, fostering the creative potential of these future “game changers” of InnoEnergy. 

This seventh collaboration with the MSc Program RENE of KIC InnoEnergy confirms again that the LOW3 Living Lab offers a valuable contribution to engineer students’ education through its holistic approach to sustainability, bringing together in one place the important topics of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle.



dijous, 24 d’octubre de 2019

The Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator (SLA) on local TV

During one year we worked with 7 pilot families of Sant Cugat in our Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator project, applying the "transition cycle" methodology for helping them to reduce their lifestyle carbon and material footprints. (www.suslife.info ; www.suslifespain.blogspot.com) One of our SLA pilot families has now been interviewed by local television program CONNECTICAT regarding their experiences and achievements, and Torsten Masseck explained the SLA project and its objectives to the audience. 
https://www.alacarta.cat/connecticat/tall/com-podem-reduir-la-nostre-petjada-de-carboni
Please find the full interview here: https://www.alacarta.cat/connecticat/tall/com-podem-reduir-la-nostre-petjada-de-carboni

dijous, 10 d’octubre de 2019

MOOC "LOW3: Living Zero!" – Second in-person meeting

Our current MOOC course “LOW3: Living Zero!” held its second in-person meeting, evaluating the first two modules about Sustainable Lifestyle (Module 1) and Sustainable Housing (Module2) and the corresponding exercises and online discussions.
In a 2-step optimization process of their individual lifestyle impact, measured through the Ecological Footprint Calculator, our students learned about their current environmental impact, designed a reduced scenario based on behavioural changes, and then tried to achieve through further optimization a “1-planet lifestyle”.
From an average carbon footprint of 7.8 tonnes CO2 / person x year, they achieved a reduction to 4.9 tonnes through behavioural changes and 2.5 tonnes for their “1-planet lifestyle” scenario. Only around 70% of them achieved the final goal of living within the limits of our planet, 30% still needed more than one planet for compensating their lifestyle impact.
What does this mean for our daily lives and the societal changes needed within the next years? How might mobility systems and habits change, how will a sustainable food supply look like in the future, and how will housing look like under the principles of a sharing, circular economy with limited availability of resources? All these topics have been discussed among the participants within our Living Lab environment, which facilitates these value discussions and exchanges due to its character of a non-formal learning environment.
Finally results of students resource consumption at their individual homes have been presented and discussed, with students analysing critically their energy consumption for different kind of daily activities like heating and cooling, cooking, lighting and appliances, getting a good feeling about magnitudes, the relation between energy use and CO2 emissions, and possibilities of optimization and reduction. The presentation of results of the Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator Project (www.suslife.infowww.suslifespain.blogspot.com) rounded up the meeting. 
After these more general modules on Sustainable Lifestyle and Housing, now specific Learning Modules will follow on Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal installations in buildings as well as the impact of Building Materials and Water.

dimecres, 18 de setembre de 2019

MOOC "LOW3: LIVING ZERO!" - NEW EDITION

A new edition of our MOOC course LOW3:ZERO LIVING! has started with 17 student which decided to train themselves through our mixed online and in-person format in the fields of sustainable architecture and lifestyles. A first meeting at the Living Lab and the immediate start of the first online Learning Module about “Sustainable Lifestyles” situated them into the thematic fields this course wants to cover: Sustainable Architecture and Renewable Energies within an increasingly circular economy as essential drivers for the development of more sustainable lifestyles in our society.
Furthermore, MOOC students got introduced into first results of the international Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator (SLA) Project (www.suslife.infowww.suslifespain.blogspot.com), for discussion about their personal carbon footprint in the context of climate change and so-called 1.5 degree lifestyles. How can technology, housing, mobility and lifestyle changes in general contribute to societal transition towards a more sustainable way of living?
An exploration of the LOW3 solar house and its technological and constructive solutions on material and system level rounded up this first in-person meeting. With exchange students from Brasil, Portugal and Switzerland participating, this course will again contribute to a cross-cultural exchange of students about sustainability at all levels.

dilluns, 9 de setembre de 2019

EDUCATIONAL VISIT OF FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

Once again first year ETSAV students of the subject “Basics of Technology” (Bases per la Tècnica, Prof. Enrique Corbat, Prof. Isabel Vega) got first time into contact with the prototype-based learning about building technologies and sustainability at ETSAV. 
After a general introduction about sustainability in architecture and technology by Torsten Masseck and a general explanation about the Solar Decathlon competitions and the related project-based learning approach at ETSAV, students visited the LOW3 prototype house at the campus, the first in a row of so far 4 Solar Decathlon projects of UPC. Students could see, explore and touch an example of sustainable architecture, discuss about its materials, its structural system, its energy management and its overall bioclimatic “house in a house” concept. 
Due to the high number of participants (over 90 first year students) students circulated in groups through the prototype discussing its basic concepts form outside as well as from inside.
It showed once again, that the visit to a Solar Decathlon prototype building, experiencing its spaces, materials and technologies is a powerful method to raise awareness of students about sustainable architecture and the related societal and professional challenges behind. Living Lab LOW3 intensifies currently its collaborations with different core subjects at ETSAV, spreading the generated knowledge about sustainable architecture and technologies.

dijous, 8 d’agost de 2019

TO Team ETSAV-UPC successful at SDE 2019


Our TO UPC ETSAV team delivers an outstanding conceptual pavilion on sustainable housing and lifestyle and receives a 3rd prize in Architecture and Circularity at the SDE19 - Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 competition at Szentendre, Hungary. 
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After LOW3 (SDE2010), eco (SDE2012) and RESSO (SDE2014), this 4th generation of UPC Solar Decathlon Students confirms once again UPC ETSAV’s role as a recognized think tank for innovative sustainable housing concepts in the context of our current societal challenges.
Congratulation to a great project and a great team!






divendres, 12 de juliol de 2019

INNOVATION AND CO-CREATION SEMINAR MSC RENEWABLE ENERGIES (RENE) 2019

[eng] Living Lab LOW3 and its director Torsten Masseck welcomed for the sixth year students of the InnoEnergy MSc Program "Renewable Energies" (RENE) from 8 different countries for a 2-day innovation seminar under the title “Holistic Sustainability Approach for Innovations”.

This year 21 students, divided into two groups worked 
on the ambitious goal to develop "Sustainable Lifestyle Scenarios 2030" including technological, environmental and socioeconomic forecasting as a result of the presented projects and generated discussions.
The first day was dedicated to Innovation through the presentation and analysis of research projects in the three main focus areas of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle.

HOUSING: Students got known to the innovative concepts of UPC's nearly zero energy buildings, exploring and analyzing the technological concepts of the LOW3 prototype house in the fields of solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, HVAC, bioclimatic building management and energy monitoring systems. A forecasting exercise, projecting the analyzed technologies to 2030 allowed to enter fully into the discussion about the relationships between housing, energy and sustainability.

ENERGY: Students got introduced into the results of the  R4E - Roadmaps for Energy project (www.roadmapsforenergy.eu), getting known to the developed energy roadmaps for European partner cities in the field of Smart Buildings and Smart Urban Spaces and Smart Mobility in order to discuss energy transition of society in the coming decades.
LIFESTYLE: Students got introduced to a holistic transition to sustainability through the international Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator project 2018-2020 (www.suslifespain.blogspot.com, www.suslife.info), where UPC collaborates with international partners from 7 counties under the lead of the Wuppertal Institute in the reduction of the environmental impact of private households. 
The second day was dedicated to co-creation, applying the R4E methodology of complexity maps and roadmapping for the generation of innovative product or service concepts for a “more sustainable urban life in 2030
Finally, students co-created in dynamic group sessions through a story telling approach concepts for “a more sustainable urban life in 2030.  The holistic visioning and presentation through small performances of a more sustainable future urban life, generated ambitious discussions and allowed to foster the creative potential of these future “game changers” of InnoEnergy. 
Despite of hot weather, the domestic atmosphere of Living Lab LOW3 with its efficient cross ventilation contributed to the success of two days full of technology exploration, inspiring conversations and intense discussions about innovations in the field of renewable energies within a wider environmental and cultural context.
This sixth collaboration with the MSc Program RENE of KIC InnoEnergy confirms again that LOW3 offers a valuable contribution to engineer students’ education through its holistic approach to sustainability within a unique, real-world environment of a Living Lab bringing together in one place the important topics of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle.