dijous, 8 de març de 2018


After the start of our course last week, our MOOC students met the first time at the LOW3 solar house at our campus in order to get known to the housing prototype, explore and discuss its concepts, materials and technologies, as well as discuss about our MOOC online platform, the course structure and content as well as the opportunities and threats of this innovative form of teaching and learning.

Students showed to be very satisfied with the possibility to learn on their own pace, in the moments they decide, and in the place they feel comfortable. On the other side they agree on the importance of in-person meetings with the opportunity to discuss about the topics of the course. 
According to them, sustainable architecture in its widest interpretation, from construction and technology to energy performance and urban transformation, is still a pending lesson at ETSAV with much more subjects needed in order to acquire knowledge they consider essential for their professional future.

On the other side students are happy benefitting from a "2 in 1" course offer, learning about sustainable architecture and lifestyle and by the way improving their professional English. Erasmus students from Brasil, Finnland and Sweden agreed on the advantage of this combination.
After the first Learning Module about Sustainable Lifestyle, now Module 2 about Sustainable Housing Concepts will start.

divendres, 2 de març de 2018

MOOC LOW3-ZERO LIVING officially started

Our MOOC - Massive Open Online Course LOW3-ZERO LIVING has officially started these days.
After 2 years of preparation, we start our innovative teaching activity as elective course of the Department of Architectural Technology fully booked with 25 students.

Main objective of this MOOC course is to introduce into basic concepts of sustainability and to disseminate the generated knowledge of the LOW3 prototype in the field of housing and a more sustainable lifestyle.

We have developed a concept which combines an online course with 3 in-person meetings at our Living Lab LOW3 in order to enrich online teaching with personal exchange, exploration of our solar house and person-to-person discussions about the topics of the course.

The LOW3 ZERO LIVING MOOC works like a virtual Living Lab. Every module is based on a virtual guided visit and exploration of LOW3 enriched with so-called knowledge capsules about specific important topics which contain interviews with experts, short documentaries or presentations.
Each module is structured into 3 main sections: Guided Visit with corresponding knowledge capsules, Self-Assessment and a Practical Exercise.
The six learning modules of the course are focusing on Sustainable lifestyle, Sustainable housing concepts, Photovoltaic technology, Thermal technology, Materials and Water. Due to the modular concept or the course further modules might get integrated in future editions.

The first module, currently running, introduces into basic concepts of sustainability like biocapacity, the relation between consumption, environmental impact and economy, or the resources that we need to satisfy our habitational needs according to our lifestyle and type of housing we are living in.
With this first edition we will test our MOOC and receive valuable feedback by students for improvements before opening the course to the general public.

dimarts, 27 de febrer de 2018

Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 – Collaboration ETSAV-EEBE

ETSAV director Prof. Albert Cuchí and the UPC faculty advisors Torsten Masseck and Martì Obiols, visited the installations of the The Barcelona East School of Engineering (EEEB) on the new Diagonal-Besòs Campus of UPC, searching for possible collaborations for SDE 2019.

The ETSAV representatives met with the EEBE director Prof. Luis Miguel Llanes and his team, and got introduced to existing initiatives at the EEBE like the e-Tech Racing Formula Student Project, the Lego League team and others, with the aim of identifying common interests and formats of collaborations between architects and engineers in the current Solar Decathlon Europe competition. 
Recent developments in the fields of smart buildings and smart cities clearly enlarge the field of possible collaborations between the two disciplines with topics like decentralized renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart mobility, smart grids, demand-side management, user-building interaction, Internet of Things (IoT), and similar solutions and technologies which nowadays are searching for their place in our build environment.

URBAN INTELLIGENCE - Roadmaps for Energy (R4E): Final Conference

The URBAN INTELLIGENE - global conference on smart cities has taken place in Murcia on 6th and 7th of February. The event included the final Conference of the R4E project, with the partner cities and knowledge partners presenting the outcomes of this HORIZON 2020 project to the national and international audience.
In the R4E project eight partner cities (Eindhoven, Forli, Istanbul, Newcastle, Murcia, Palermo, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Tallinn) and two knowledge partners (TU Eindhoven and UPC) worked together in developing the Energy Roadmaps of partner cities in order to achieve their ‘Smart Cities’ ambition.
UPC participated in the project as knowledge partner in the fields of Smart Buildings and Smart Urban Spaces, developing corresponding desk studies, conducting experts’ interviews and creating Generic Roadmaps of these two topics. Dr. Torsten Masseck, UPC Coordinator of the project, presented a short summery of the UPC contributions under the title “Holistic Energy Transition – 6 Takeaways for City Leaders”.


[eng] The ETSAV - Metropolitan School of Architecture has been selected as one of 15 international university teams for participation in the 2019 edition of SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE.

After 2010 [LOW3], 2012 [(e)co] and 2014 [Ressò], our School of Architecture will go for a new prototype solar house for the 2019 edition, which will take place in Szentendre, Hungary between July and September 2019.

Under the current ETSAV director Prof. Albert Cuchí, the Solar Decathlon projects are a priority lines for consolidating the education model of our school towards a much more projects-based learning through prototypes and real interventions.

divendres, 24 de novembre de 2017

Young students come to explore the LOW3 solar house and learn about more sustainable architecture and lifestyle

[eng] ETSAV has received a new educational visit by Isabel de Villena School from Barcelona. 25 students and their teachers spent half a day at our campus visiting and exploring the experimental installations in the field of sustainable architecture and renewable energies of Living Lab LOW3.

Students split up into four groups, exploring the solar house and its installations. Energy control and management, bioclimatic concepts and mechanisms, photovoltaic energy generation and the solar thermal installation have been centre of the explorations and measurements.

Young students used the equipments of Living Lab LOW3 for monitoring the temperature of different zones of the prototype and for measuring the incident solar radiation on different oriented façades as well as the effectivness of the screens as shading devices.

A second group measured the energy consumption of different appliances like the oven, a hairdryer or the kitchenlights in order to get a feeling for magnitudes of energy use in households and the related CO2 emissions and economic costs per service unit.

dilluns, 30 d’octubre de 2017

Introductory Course ETSAV 2017: nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB)

[eng] A transition of our society towards a new collective and individual way of living with less environmental impact is one of the main challenges of our times.

Within the Introductory Course for new students of architecture at ETSAV, Living Lab LOW3 offers two classes in the field of Architectural Technology based on the specific knowledge generated through the LOW3 solar house prototype and the R4E-Roadmaps for Energy Research project.

The first class, titeled "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs)" introduced into basic notions and parameters of sustainability, the environmental impact of housing and the definition of new energetic standards, before exploring the habitational, contructive and energetic concept of LOW3 at the campus.

Classes consist in the combination of two innovative ways of learning: MOOC self-learning units and other online resources; together with the exploration of the real prototype LOW3, an energy self-sufficient solar house, discovering, questioning and discussing solutions which are different to standard buildings of today.

A second class will be held in two weeks, focusing on Renewable Energies and the holistic energy transition of society.

dimecres, 25 d’octubre de 2017

Smart buildings and cities – R4E project meeting at Forlì

[eng] Within the Roadmap for Energy (R4E) – Horizon 2020 project representatives of all 8 participating cities and the two knowledge partners TU/e and UPC met at Forlì, Italy, for a 4 days workshop on new European project proposals regarding smart buildings and cities.

Under the lead of the city of Murcia, all partners developed a specific project portfolio for future projects in fields like Energy Efficiency in Existing and Historic Buildings, Urban Resilience to Climate Change, Urban Domotic, Smart Energy Storage and Open Data Infrastructures amongst others.

The assistance of the EU project officer of the project and presentations of the project manager from Eindhoven Brainport allowed identifying at the same time funding opportunities within the new Horizon 2020 work program 2018-2020. UPC as knowledge partner to the cities plays an active role in the project development resulting in new opportunities for collaboration in the field.

New project proposal for “Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator"

[eng] Under the lead of the Wuppertal Institute (WI), UPC participates as project partner in a new proposal for accelerating lifestyle changes in society through online tools, Living Lab approaches and the up scaling of experiences. 

The development and use of an online Footprint Calculator and international collaboration of 7 countries (Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland) shall help to create momentum in society to adopt more sustainable lifestyles, reducing resource consumption and climate impact through behavioural change.

Tracking and spreading the results of a total of 4000 participating households will foster innovative solutions and allow that individual changes go mainstream.

divendres, 14 de juliol de 2017


[eng] Living Lab LOW3 welcomed for the fourt 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 46 students, divided into two groups worked again on the ambitious goal to develop "Sustainable Lifestyle Scenarios 2050" including technological, environmental and socioeconomic forcasting as a result of the presented projects and generated discusions.

Students got known to the innovative concepts of UPC's nearly zero energy buildings, exploring and analysing 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 second focus has been to get known to a holistic approach to sustainability through the visit of the neighbourhood project PASaPAS at Les Planes, related to energy efficiency and energy poverty, focusing on lifecycle and system thinking at city level.