The Institute
The Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment promotes the energy transition process.

The Institute’s distinctive transversal themes are:

  • decentralisation of electricity production from renewable sources (photovoltaics)
  • decarbonisation in the built environment and in mobility
  • digitalisation in electricity management (smart grids), and in building construction and maintenance procedures (Building Information Modeling
  • democratisation of energy by way of the prosumer, and involvement in technological choices and in their utilisation in real-life conditions (living lab)

Research projects are based on a variety of regularly-revised methods, and benefit from productive collaboration agreements with other research units, public bodies, non-governmental organisations and industries.  The Institute promotes technological transfer in a number of developing countries.

The operational fields concern:

  • the gradual increase in decentralised electricity generation (photovoltaics) and intelligent energy management (smart grids)
  • the development of photovoltaic elements and their integration into building envelopes 
  • improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings by way of refurbishment work and appropriate maintenance strategies 
  • local and regional energy planning, and the energy policy 
  • analysis of the socio-technical barriers blocking the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle   

A photovoltaic laboratory and two competence centres are related to the Institute: 

The Institute also has two spin-offs:

  • HivePower: develops community consumption solutions based on the Blockchain technology;
  • iWin: patented an innovative window solution to integrate flexible thin film photovoltaic cells into venetian blinds that are enclosed inside an insulating window.