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Living Lab objectives and expected impact

  • Aarhus university is ongoing developing into a modern sustainable city integrated Campus, AU has named the process Campus 2.0. One of the major developments at AU is transforming an adjacent situated hospital into Campus.

  • Living Lab scope is focus on the specific parts methods and materials, the parts that enable the holistic green neighborhood. The Living Lab aim to develop and test in actual buildings and of course keep functional architecture intact and reinvented net zero sustainable, translating research into building industry relevant products, prototyping green deal transitional examples.

  • The Probono Living Lab is supporting the transformation into a more sustainable process. In the 141.000m2 former hospital. At the new “University City” Probono LL is focusing on (1) deep refurbishment of one of Europe’s largest business schools “AU BSS, 41.000m2.  And the (2) AU innovation hub “The Kitchen” 3.500m2.

  • The Living Lab backbone is supporting the two projects to receive the DGNB building certification for sustainable building into gold level, 65% of the theoretical best possible. One task is delivering enhanced decision-making tools to the Architect and Engineer team in order to make better decisions earlier in the process.

  • The Living Lab is also developing digital twin parallel development and investigation. The Digital Twin are to test different renovation and operation scenarios, and the Living Lab can implement the most promising techniques or material into the physical buildings.

  • The third Living Lab scope is (3) Energy park development at AU Viborg, a Solar Panel Park is combined with flow battery technology (by VisBlue partner) that will increase the effectivity of solar panels.


AU has already achieved a reduction in energy consumption per full-time employee of 20% since 2006 and they will accelerate this effort via PROBONO by using smart technologies, encouraging sustainable behavior among the users of the university’s buildings, and using the university as an Living Lab, giving students and researchers opportunities to use AU as an active case.

The number of cases will be added ongoing.

PROBONO tasks will focus on design, operation, and maintenance throughout the project.  Details and the different project timelines will change after PROBONO submission as a living Lab should develop.


Link to Campus 2.0 vision:


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