Open Innovation for sustainable buildings

Shared Laboratories

True Synergy Between Researchers and Engineers

Setting up collaborative research teams with member universities of the NOBATEK/INEF4 ecosystem is one of the pillars of IET resourcing. These joint laboratories are composed of university researchers and NOBATEK/INEF4 personnel that work in synergy on specific themes. The outright ambition is to make these collaborative research teams references on a European level.

The first joint laboratory, between NOBATEK/INEF4 and the l’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour  (UPPA) was officially started on 25 April 2017. On the topic of “Architectural [and Urban] Physics”, it is led by Benoit Beckers, a research professor with 15 years experience in the field of Applied Physics in Architecture, particularly Acoustics and Lighting.

The work of the joint lab will aim to develop new technological solutions for the sector, but also create new design tools and design methods for architects and engineers.

The development of a design tool for natural and artificial lighting in buildings, the use of fast prototyping (3D printing) to validate modelling the physics of or the natural ventilation of buildings are all subjects that began in 2017.


From left to right: Jairo ACUÑA (UPPA), Benoît BECKERS (UPPA), Fabian BERTOCCHI (NOBATEK/INEF4), Nicolas DUPORT (NOBATEK/INEF4), Guillaume LAVAL (NOBATEK/INEF4), Raphaël NAHON (UPPA), Maxime BOSSU (NOBATEK/INEF4)

Two joint laboratories with the University of Bordeaux should begin in 2018 for the most “upstream” of the IET’s research projects:

  • “Guaranteeing Energetic Performance” with the Mechanics and Engineering Laboratory (I2M, CNRS UMR 5295)”Economic and Technological Intelligence” for the sustainable construction sector with the Via INNO platform of the Applied and Theoretical Economics Research Group (GREThA) – CNRS UMR 5113).