dilluns, 14 de gener de 2019

TO- the new Solar Decathlon Europe Project of ETSAV (UPC)

TO – the new Solar Decathlon Europe Project of ETSAV (UPC) has been presented to the public as a 1:1 scale mock-up at the ETSAV central hall.
In the line of all earlier ETSAV Solar Decathlon Projects like LOW2, e(co) and Ressò, TO can be understood as a new, radical proposal for co-housing, a consequent approach to low-carbon architecture and a strong manifest for the sharing of resources and the respect for the environment. It rethinks the concepts of habitability, comfort and privacy and searches for holistic approaches to more sustainable lifestyles. 
TO starts now in its decisive stage of development: being build! 
Objective is the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition at Szendendre (Hungary) in the month of July 2019, and logistics for a successful participation will have to speed up in the next weeks, with the student team managing all essential developments of design, construction and operation as well as management, financing and marketing by themselves, with UPC faculties assisting only in the role as their advisors.
This radical project-based education of our students at ETSAV can be seen as a sign of identity of our school of Architecture and has trained and educated whole generations of young professionals which designed and build their first project before leaving university!

dimarts, 8 de gener de 2019

MOOC “LOW3: Living Zero!”- Students as SLA Energy Consultants

Students of our MOOC Course LOW3: Living zero! started their final exercise on energy efficiency and solar potential adopting the role of energy consultants to our SLA pilot families, analysing the specific energy parameters of a real private household.
In a first step students analysed existing data about energy consumption, type of energy used and other available information about the energy system and energy use of the households.
In a second step students did the energy certification of a specific household and describe possible improvements of the overall energy performance. This included the use of online tools and a visit to the family’s home for raising detailed data about the building envelope, façade and window qualities as well as existing active energy systems.
In a last step, students analysed the solar potential of the household for a roof-top PV installation, gathering data about the building’s roof and using an online simulation tool in order to calculate the possible annual PV electricity production.
All these exercises resulted in a report to the SLA pilot families, useful for them in order to optimize the energy performance of their home through behavioral change and building management, and for taking decisions about a possible investment into energy efficiency measures or a PV installation.
This approach to the real-world energy performance of existing buildings as part of our innovative educational offer at ETSAV is another example how our students are getting prepared for being active change agents of society, facing real problems of our buildings and cities within a holistic understanding of sustainability in its economic, social and environmental dimension.
More information about the SLA project: www.suslifespain.blogspot.com 
More information about our MOOC course LOW3: Living zero!: https://mooc.upc.edu

dijous, 20 de desembre de 2018


Thank your for a 2018 full of interesting projects and interesting people!
We wish you a 2019 full of circularity, collectivity and positive transition!

SLA Follow-up Meeting with pilot famílies of Sant Cugat

This week pilot families of Sant Cugat came together for exchanging their experience of the last 3 weeks regarding the implementation of their ambitious Roadmaps towards a “3 tonnes lifestyle”.
Families got updated about the activities of the other 6 international partners of the project and then explained their personal experiences and success stories regarding smaller and bigger changes in their daily lifes. Especifically changes in their consumption habits, regarding food, and regarding mobility have been discussed.
All families said to be happy with their choice to implement real changes in their daily routines, although time constraints, economic reasons and in general our fully packed daily agendas require extra efforts for making changes real.
For mid to end January a detailed evaluation of real changes is planned, with a quantification of the carbon footprint reductions achieved by the families. A “Future Workshop” then will close this first round of the SLA project in order to start the second round which will use all experiences made for designing the SLA online platform, up scaling the SLA experience to the next level.

dimarts, 27 de novembre de 2018

CESBA-MED Co-creation Workshop - Urban Sustainability Indicators

A CESBA-MED Co-creation Workshop has been held at ESADE Creapolis in Sant Cugat del Valles.
Experts groups on different topics brainstormed implementation and up scaling strategies for the CESBA-MED tool‚ which allows assessing and benchmarking sustainability indicators for neighbourhoods.
Torsten Masseck participated on behalf of UPC in the experts group on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) together with experts from many other institutions, research entities and private consultancies.
The complexity of urban sustainability required instruments for planning new developments properly and assessing existing neighbourhoods for tracking improvement processes. CESBA-TOOL is a new instrument for public administration as well as private urban planning practices, which contributes to progress in this field. Educational activities on the tool will start soon.

dilluns, 26 de novembre de 2018


The SLA project representatives from Switzerland, Germany, Finland and Spain met with project managers of similar German initiatives at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for exchanging experience, discussing the Upscaling challenge of each project and looking for opportunities for further collaborations.
Beside SLA, two other projects have been presented: the UPSCALE project from Tübingen and the Klima Neutral Berlin initiative run by PIK. https://klimaneutral.berlin
The meeting place has been spectacular cupola of one of the former astronomic observatories of PIK from the end of the 19th century. https://www.pik-potsdam.de

dilluns, 19 de novembre de 2018


The 2nd international Working Phase Meeting and a first Annex 74 workshop was held from 16th to 17th of November at the Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition in Dubai.
Annex 74 (http://annex74.iea-ebc.org) aims to set up an authorized international platform for the evolution and linking of existing competitions and living labs as well as discussing new concepts. The concepts may encompass the building as well as the district level including sustainable mobility. The main target group are participants from the field of the academic education of architects and engineers, linked to the building industry.
The workshop on “Simulation & Monitoring” has been held for the SDEME teams on November 16th strengthening their knowledge on these topics and has been received very positive by the team members.
During the Working Phase Meeting, the progress of the Annex 74 work has been discussed; the current state of the Knowledge Platform (https://building-competition.org/) has been presented, the integration of Living Labs in the platform have been debated and future activities have been defined.
An important point has been the discussion about helping to encourage the generation of educational materials within future Solar Decathlon Competitions or post-competition Living Lab activities.
Educational Videos are a powerful tool, as many prototypes might not be in a perfect shape of operation after the competition. They might consist in general "Making of…" videos, guided visit videos about specific technical solutions and concepts e.g. BIPV, energy storage, HVAC, Lighting, Water cycle, Bioclimatic strategies, or post-competition videos, done when prototypes are on their final destination (e.g. a university campus), stating the operation and performance under real conditions of use and over a longer period. Living Lab LOW3 has gained important experience in this field through its associated MOOC course (http://livinglab-low3.blogspot.com/2018/03/mooc-low3-zero-living-officially-started.html)
The next Annex 74 meetings 2019 will take place in Ghent (BE) and Szentendre (HU) during the 2019 SDE Competition (http://sde2019.hu/index_en.html). Dubai will host another SDME in 2020 and will announce the call for teams soon. The results of the SDME 2018 competition can be found here: https://sdme-contest.com/

dilluns, 12 de novembre de 2018


The SLA Roadmapping Workshop with the first 7 pilot families has taken place at the ETSAV School of Architecture (UPC) at Sant Cugat del Vallès.
In a first step the results of the Quick Footprint Questionnaire, which allowed to analise the current material and carbon footprint of our families, have been presented, with detailed information about their impact inf the fields of housing, mobility, food, consumption and leisure activites.
It showed that footprints where quite diverse, from arround 3.8t up to over 18 tonnes of CO2 per person. A more detailed look at the results showed that mainly long distance travelling has been the cause for individual elevated footprints, and interesting discussions arose regarding the impact of mobility and posible future changes in order to mitigate these impacts.
As second step a range of over 70 "actions for footprint reduction" have been presented to the families, with detailed information about the individual contribution of each action to a lower carbon footprint. One day of working at home instead of traveling 20 km to the office by private car would allow for savings of arround 120kg CO2 a year. Changing to a 100% renewable electricity supplier might have an impact of arround 900kg CO2 per year, depending of the current supplier and its energy mix, as well as the individual consumption pattern.
With this detailed information about specific options, families designed a set of actions which would bring them to a "3 tonnes CO2 per person lifestyle", considered an important milestone for 2030 in order to limit global warming to 1.5ºC in 2100, and before aiming for a "1 ton CO2 per person lifestyle" in 2050.
After this exercise, families entered into the third part of the workshop: locating their individually selected options on a timeline to 2030 in order to define which action might be implementated in which moment. Through this las step, families achieved creating their personal and specific roadmap towards a more sustainable lifestyle, which is now ready to be implemented!
Based on this first experiences in all 7 partner countries, the SLA project aims to develop in the upcoming 2 years an online platform which will allow the personal calculation, roadmapping and tracking of the CO2 and material footprints of private households through digital tools.
During the next 2 month our pilot families will start implementing their roadmaps, we will support them together with local stakeholders like the municipality of Sant Cugat, and we will gather further knowledge how to foster the process and improve the success of the Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator methodology.

dimarts, 30 d’octubre de 2018



Convidem a associacions, entitats publiques i privades, empreses i comerç de Sant Cugat del Vallès a col·laborar en el projecte SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES ACCELERATOR (SLA), recolzant a les famílies pilot del projecte en la seva transformació cap a un estil de vida més sostenible!
Les entitats que ofereixin productes o serveis que puguin ser implementats i provats per les primeres 7 famílies en el marc d’un experiment de 2 mesos i hi estiguin interessades es poden posar en contacte amb nosaltres! (Formularicontacte)
A mesura que passen els anys, els recursos naturals són més i més escassos i el canvi climàtic progressa. Com afecta aquest fet a la nostra vida diària a Catalunya i quin tipus de serveix i productes són necessaris per a la promoció d’un estil de vida més sostenible? Aquesta qüestió s’investiga al Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator (SLA).
El projecte està coordinat per l’Insitut Wuppertal d’Alemanya i D-mat Ltd. a Finlandia amb la participació de socis internacionals de set països (Alemanya, Dinamarca, Espanya, Finlàndia, Índia, Mèxic i Suïssa). La Universitat Politècnica de Catalulnya (UPC),  mitjançant el Living Lab LOW3 de l’Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV), gestiona la participació espanyola en col·laboració i amb el recolzament de l’Ajuntament de Sant Cugat del Vallès.
Actualment, ha començat la primera fase del projecte amb un petit grup de famílies pilot de Sant Cugat del Vallès, i també ha començat el disseny preliminar de la plataforma calculadora en línia per a l’avaluació de l’impacte ambiental de les famílies. De cara a l’any 2019, es planteja la participació de 500 llars, i de cara al 2020 la participació de 10.000 llars per cadascun dels 7 països socis, creant un impuls únic de compromís social i canvi real cap a estils de vida amb bona qualitat i, alhora, amb un impacte ambiental reduït.
A dia d’avui, les famílies pilot estan monitoritzant els seus consums. En base a aquests consums actuals, un consorci d’experts calcularà dos indicadors d’impacte ambiental: per una banda, calcularà la petjada de carboni de cada família, és a dir, les emissions de diòxid de carboni associades al seu estil de vida; i, per una altra banda, la seva petjada material, és a dir, el consum de recursos naturals necessaris per a mantenir-lo.
A partir de les seves petjades individuals, les famílies desenvoluparan el seu propi full de ruta per arribar a estils de vida més sostenibles en un taller conjunt. A tal efecte, se’ls presentarà un catàleg de fins a 100 actuacions o opcions de canvi.
Les famílies escolliran les actuacions que posaran a prova en un experiment d’entre un i dos mesos, d’entre les opcions presentades al taller. En projecte similars anteriors, els participants aconseguiren reduir les seves petjades entre un 10 i un 20%, aplicant moltes solucions que, a més a més d’ajudar-los a reduir el seu impacte ambiental, reduïren costos de les famílies augmentant la seva qualitat de vida.
Algunes solucions experimentals podrien incloure, per exemple, car-sharing, serveis d’entrega a domicili, solucions eficients als habitatges, solucions de mobilitat de baix impacte ambiental o noves formes de proteïnes. Les solucions que es posin a prova es seleccionaran i implementaran de manera col·laborativa entre experts i participants, i amb l’ajuda de les entitats col·laboradores.    
En el projecte SLA, moltes entitats poden tenir un paper important col·laborant en les seves àrees de competència:
  • Ajuntaments i administracions públiques: educació ambiental i foment de la transició de la societat cap a una major sostenibilitat; accions contra el canvi climàtic i a favor d’una economia local i circular
  • Socis acadèmics i de recerca: acompanyament i avaluació científica; assessoria a la organització; creació d’una xarxa local d’experts
  • Empreses col·laboradores: difusió d’informació sobre productes i serveis; assessories tècniques; avaluació en entorns reals de productes i serveis innovadors
  • Associacions i entitats públiques i privades: assessoria; difusió de les seves activitats; ampliació del seu impacte i la seva xarxa de socis
  • Mitjans de comunicació: serveis de difusió i comunicació; col·laboració en activitats d’educació ambiental 
  • Car-sharing
  • Mobilitat elèctrica
  • Car-pooling
  • Aplicacions d’ optimització de mobilitat
  • Assessorament en mobilitat sostenible
  • Alimentació ecològica, orgànica i de proximitat
  • Reducció de “Food Waste” (malbaratament d’ aliments)
  • Cooperatives de consum i producció d’ aliments
  • Assessorament d’ alimentació sana
  • Assessorament energies renovables
  • Assessorament eficiència energètica
  • Control de consum d’ energia i aigua en l’habitatge
  • Mecanismes de control i regulació eficient del confort
  • Mecanismes de control i gestió de residus a nivell domèstic
  • Cooperatives de consum i producció d’ energia
  • Productes ecològics de la casa (neteja, cura personal)
  • Ofertes de Productos de segona mà
  • Ofertes de reparació / reutilització de béns (electrònica, juguetes, oci, mobles, etc.)
  • Aplicacions d’ informació i control de consums / impactes / costos
  • Aplicacions de consumo i serveis col.laboratius  
  • Comerç just
Temps lliure:
  • Activitats de baix impacte ambiental a la natura
  • Vacances de baix impacte ambiental
  • Educació ambiental / jocs d’aprenentatge
  • Activitats col.laboratives amb fons social
  • Oci de baix impacte ambiental
Si esteu interessats a participar com entitat col·laboradora, utilitzeu el formulari de contacte del següent enllaç, on podran especificar els seus interessos i la proposta de col·laboració: Formularicontacte

dilluns, 29 d’octubre de 2018


The Ceremony of the 28th Edition of the Swiss Solar Prizes and the Norman Foster Plus Energy Building (PEB) Solar Awards, organized by the Swiss Solar Agency, has been held at Luzern, Suissa.
Swiss Solar Prize and Norman Foster PEB Solar Award Jury Members (left),  presentation of Swiss Solar Potential for PV generation in buildings (middle),  Torsten Masseck, Gallus Cardonau and Wolgang Palz (right)
A Plus Energy Industry Building (Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG), a Plus Energy School Building (Kastanienhof in St. Margarethen) and an experimental Plus Energy Wellness Unit at the NEST Research Building of EMPA at Dübendorf have been this years Laureates, which convinced the jury not only through their energy performance and positive energy balance, but also through their attractive architecture and the aesthetic building integration of their photovoltaic energy systems. 
Torsten Masseck, Member of the Norman Foster Plus Energy Building (PEB) Solar Awards Jury since 2014 stated that the quality and quantity of projects increases from year to year, and that Plus Energy Schools are an important contribution for allowing young generations experiencing the quality of Plus Energy Buildings, gaining consciousness together with their parents about the importance of understanding our buildings as energy generators and not only as places of energy consumption. He was pleased to read the laudatio and hand over the Prize to the adminstrative delegation of the Kastanienhof PlusEnergy School.
Gallus Cardonau, Director of the Swiss Solar Agency, presented numbers about the newly calculated overall solar potential of Swiss roofs, corresponding to the amount of 50TWh/a of potential PV electricity production, corresponding to 6-7 nuclear power plants. Confirming this enormous potential of renwable energy generation in buildings, and as special guest of the ceremony, Wolfgang Palz, former EU Division Head of Renewable Energies Development in Europe, presented his new book The Triuph of the Sun: The Energy of the New Century.