Living in a material store – the research plattform NEST builds with reusable materials

25.04.2018 Lindner News Press Releases References Ceilings Heating and Cooling

How will we live in the future and how can we expedite a careful an environmetally-friendly use of resources in the construction sector? Issues, that are being researched directly in practice within the framework of NEST, the modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag, together with partners from economy, architecture and public authorities.

Due to growing scarcity of resources, as a consequence of the throwaway mentality over the last decades, science and economics are looking for new paths and technologies that allow a more efficient use of our resources. The use of recyclable or reusable materials is also becoming more and more important in the construction industry. For this purpose, the modular research and innovation building NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies) was built on the campus of the Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in Dübendorf, Switzerland. In individual modules or units room concepts, technologies for energy management and materials of the future are tested and further developed under real living and working situations.

As a result, the next NEST unit UMAR (Urban Mining & Recycling) was created. From May 2018 on, even two students will live and work in the residential module to discuss regularly their everyday experience with Empa researchers involved. The special feature of the new module: it was constructed completely homogenous from recyclable or compostable materials. The modules can be completely dismantled and re-used for other construction projects, so they are like a material store for future projects. In addition to a supporting structure and a facade made of untreated wood, innovative insulation panels and recyclable insulation materials, Lindner ceiling systems were also used.

Since the beginning of the 2010s, the Lindner Group has been working intensively on green building and sustainability in the construction industry. Several successful Cradle to Cradle® certifications confirm Lindner's leading role in the field of sustainable products for interior design systems. The involvement of the group gains more and more popularity on the market – this led to the cooperation with Werner Sobek, who was responsible for the concept of the experimental unit UMAR.

Lindner developed special customised Plafotherm® heated/chilled hook-on ceilings and installed them in the prefabricated and already installed modules in the shortest possible time. To ensure that all connections remain recyclable the complete cooling technology inclusive heat conducting profile was screwed to the ceiling panels. Moreover, the acoustic tissue on the reverse side was clamped – without any bonding. Thanks to a perforated metal ceiling panel made of anodised aluminum, even the commonly used powder coating could be omitted.

In addition, the following Lindner ceiling systems have been tested and classified as Cradle to Cradle Certified ™ in Silver:

Post Cap Ceilings (LMD-B 100, LMD-B 110) 
Canopy Ceilings (LMD-DS 312, LMD-DS 320) 
Hook-On Ceilings (LMD-E 200, LMD-E 213, LMD-E 214) 
Corridor Ceilings (LMD-E 300, LMD-E 312) 
Cassette Ceilings (LMD-K 420) 
Baffle Ceilings (LMD-L 601, LMD-L 607, LMD-L 608,LMD-L LAOLA)