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HSB Living Lab is a smart building and can be the winner of users' choise because of:
We have installed more than 2000 meters to really measure what is happening at a high granularity level and the systems around the building to use that information in the light of energy savings and applied innovations.
We have a smart building because we have integrated it with Chalmers University, HSB, Johanneberg Science Park and a group of smart companies that have made a research fund of over 0,25 MLN a year, for ten years, to test and develop innovations inside the building. The residents are integral in supplying feed-back and taking part in open innovations sessions with the companies and scientists.
HSB Living Lab is made up of 44 steel modules. Their steel construction lets us adjust their dimensions and build multi-storey buildings, too. The modules’ fast assembly time meant we could close part of the road below for just over a week, having buses and other traffic make a small detour, while lifting the building into place using a crane; a solution that would have been next to impossible if the building had taken the usual 18 months to erect. Rapid construction is one of the many advantages we see in building in module-form. Another is safe, dry, indoor construction. It’s a combination that’s hard to beat.
HSB Living Lab’s construction is a research project in itself. We aim to investigate whether construction using modules and temporary building permits is a sustainable, economical, environmentally-friendly and socially-viable business model. We believe this approach could be the key to producing new homes quickly – a must for tomorrow’s cities.
HSB Living Lab is a temporary structure meant to be dismantled and relocated after ten years. The building’s temporary nature doesn’t mean it gets a free pass on functionality, though. It must still meet the needs of everyone who lives here. It is a building that takes a new approach to design, using smart “cubic” solutions, instead of the traditional 2D mind-set.Our focus is function and flexibility. Our mantra is adaptability. Our aim is to work together to produce sustainable products and services for the homes of the future.
The building's own heating system consists both of ordinary radiators and underfloor heating. This system is unique in that it has been adapted to heat the building using low-temperature return heat. Inside HSB Living Lab's distrct heating substtion are three flow pipes insted of the usual two, which is the biggest difference compared to an ordinary building. Outside the substation, both an ordinary high-temperature supply line connection and two low-temperature return line connections enter.This means we can heat the building using heat sources other than return heat when we relocate it in the future. The advantage of low-temperature district heating systems is that local waste heat, small-scale heat production and energy storage can be used more effectively, making them an attractive part of future energy systems. Flexibility=efficiency=sustainability!
Cleaner and greener living is our ultimate aim therefore we measure ammonia emissions, carbon dioxide, mould spores and other substances that might exist in the rooms as well as the substances their paints and floorings release into the air. Our aim is to assess the air quality inside HSB Living Lab and to see if any reactions occur when different emulsions/emissions mix. What happens to the air we breathe when we add a new sofa to the room? Does it matter what material the coffee table is made from? We have already started taking measurements and the first samples have been sent for analysis.
In the building a futuristic laundry studio has been designed in order to create an integrated lounge/laundry room furniture suite – a place where you can hang out with your neighbour and have a cup of coffee while you wash. The research that will be conducted here will have a social focus to begin with.
The White Room has no fixed furnishings, but is a space dedicated to dynamism. It gives both Chalmers and every researcher everywhere the opportunity to test new ideas, research the sustainable housing solutions of the future and, hopefully, create world-first results.