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Energy & Construction, Sustainability

Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab

The ETH Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab – a unique state-of-the-art facility that will house a collaborative environment for external researchers and industry partners.

Initiated by the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems at ETH Zurich, the Zero Carbon Building Systems (ZCBS) Lab is a ground-breaking testing facility capable of conducting climatic experiments on a 1-to-1 building scale. The lab will support a wide range of research and testing of building technologies, as well as user acceptance and interaction studies. Specifically, research on building systems and components, from early proof-of-concept validation to system demonstration will be conducted at the lab. 

The facility contains a solar emulator and 3 experimental test cells to evaluate building performance and user experience. Additionally, the ground floor houses the facility’s robust mechanical equipment suite designed to support a range of planned building automation research. The upper floor also includes a workshop and experimental cells that can be linked horizontally into one single lab cell. The flexible upper-level design configuration allows for both comparative and isolated testing of facades, walls, and ceilings. 

A site of development and a showcase of research results from the ETH Chair of Architecture and Building Systems, the lab is currently under construction on the Hoenggerberg Campus next to the Art Tech Lab and the Robotic Fabrication Lab. 

Industry Day 2022 participants are warmly invited to an exclusive preview of the facility. Please visit the ZCBS Lab exhibition booth for details.


Prof. Dr. Arno Schlüter

Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab Prof. Dr. Arno Schlüter+41 44 633 77 48schlueter@arch.ethz.ch