Transforming promising research results into true innovations is a challenge in every field but most notably in the construction sector. This is mainly due to the high fragmentation of the sector, the comparatively low involvement of industry in R&D and the complex decision-making process in construction projects.
A promising approach to overcome this obstacle is the demonstration of new materials, systems and technologies in real life, i.e. on a 1:1 scale. Two particularly successful examples of this approach are the Forum Chriesbach and Self, both in collaboration with Eawag. The Forum Chriesbach set new standards for energy-efficient office buildings in good architecture, and since it went into operation in 2006, it has attracted numerous visitors interested to learn about the basic concepts of the building and even more importantly about the experience we gained during the construction and operation phase.