Living Spaces of the Future: digital - sustainable - smart

6.11.2018

Digitization, climate change, scarcity of resources and housing shortages - these trends call for society, business and research alike to change their ways. The construction industry also has to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to meet the constantly growing demands placed on buildings. It is becoming increasingly important to think in cross-industry terms and act via networks. The member institutes of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance are working continuously on interdisciplinary solutions and systems to actively shape the "living spaces of the future". With its special show at BAU 2019, Hall C2, Booth 528, the Fraunhofer alliance will be presenting innovative products and system solutions from its construction research.

Solar thermal blinds
© Fraunhofer ISE

Solar thermal blinds from the ArKol project in open condition.

The centrepiece of the special show is the walk-in "Innovation Cube" located in the middle of the exhibition area occupying a surface area of approximately 300 square meters. The two-story cube will be used to showcase innovative and sustainable solutions. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE will be presenting, among other things, strip collectors, a solar thermal blind and phase change materials for energy storage.

The "Innovation Cube" is surrounded by four theme areas:

  • Digitization: the physical building and the digital twin
  • New sustainability: materials, recycling and energy efficiency
  • Smart living: user-friendly living
  • Smart cities and resilient quarters