The focus is not only on the use of ecological materials during research at the Free University of Brussels into “eco-construction” or “sustainable construction”, but also on energy savings. A drastic reduction in CO2 emissions is needed through better insulation, rational energy consumption, renewable energy, better mobility, etc. The well-being of the residents/users is also taken into account, from the workers on site and higher up in the construction process.
Overview of Free University of Brussels research labs (not exhaustive):
- ae-LAB – Architecture: lightweight structures, renovation and re-use, implementation of 4D-design
- Mechanics – Acoustics & Vibration and Fluid Mechanics research groups: wind energy, reduction in emissions during combustion and the generation of energy
- SURF, Electrochemical & Surface Engineering: corrosion, self-healing coatings as protection for metal structures
- Mechanics of Materials and Constructions (MEMC): sustainability and reliability of polymer-based composite materials, lightweight components for renovation
- Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT): LED-based lighting systems for use in lighting, screens, projectors
- MOBI – Mobility, Logistics & Automotive Technology: electric and hybrid vehicles, logistics and mobility solutions
- Evergi – Innovating the Energy Transition: integrated approach to mobility and energy, establishment of the living lab Green Energy Park
- Cosmopolis: urbanism
- Hydrology: simulation of ground water, precipitation, rivers, etc.
- Analytical, Environmental & Geo-Chemistry: integrated solutions for flood risk
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