The Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) focuses on the integration of building performance considerations in the architectural design process.
Designing energy-efficient spaces that provide a comfortable environment is a challenge faced by architects and building designers everyday. Within the overall framework of promoting links between analysis and design, there is a real need for new approaches in research and education to better integrate building performance considerations in the architectural design process.
Overall, LIPID’s research activities are built around a central theme of design from four main perspectives:
- Energy – how to assess and promote energy-efficiency in the built enviroment
- Health – how to improve human health and well-being through appropriate (day)lighting strategies
- Comfort – how to ensure visual and thermal comfort in indoor environments
- Perception – how to predict the visual delight of daylit spaces
Ongoing projects include new calculation methods, evaluation tools, instruments and metrics that aim to support this integration effort in the classroom as well as in applied contexts. A list of ongoing and completed projects at LIPID are in the following pages:
Prospective PhD and master’s students can apply to specific projects currently open at LIPID; more information can be found on the respective Open Positions and Open Master’s and Semester projects pages.
Related projects, publications and links
The doctoral degree orientation “Integrated Design Architecture and Sustainability” (IDEAS) started in the summer of 2012 and is a joint initiative of both the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) and Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) within the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC).
The EuroTech Universities alliance, which brings together four leading European technical universities, was founded in 2006. The alliance partners have forged a strategic relationship to advance collaboration on leading research, educational programs and technology transfer in a cross-border approach that is quite unique in Europe. LIPID is involved in the “Energy Efficient Buildings and Communities” research project within the “GreenTech initiative“.
EPFL Middle East
EPFL is developing activities in the U.A.E., based in Ras Al Khaimah through the EPFL Middle East entity. LIPID is one of the two (planned to be ultimately five) Mirror Labs for EPFL Middle East, together with the Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory (WIRE), and develops synergistic research and education initiatives with a focus on climate as a driver for building performance.
The School of Architecture Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL, or ENAC, regroups the three institutes inherently relevant to the built and natural environments around a central theme, named ‘Projecting Together’. This energizing consortium provides a particularly resourceful network of expertise for LIPID activities, also interdisciplinary by nature.