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KTH Live-In Lab – sustainable urban development and digitalization

KTH Live-In Lab is a platform for accelerated innovation in the real-estate sector with a focus on digitalization and sustainability. The purpose of KTH Live-In Lab is to reduce the lead times between test/research results and market introduction.

Located on the campus of Sweden’s larget technical university, KTH Live-In Lab aims to facilitate the advent of the sustainable and resource-effective buildings of the future. Most test beds in KTH Live-In Lab are operated in real environments for testing and researching new technologies and new methods.

Testbed
KTH Live-In Lab offers a full-scale test environment ranging from buildings and installations to housing and management organizations. Research and testing can be carried out in real buildings, which means that not only the product or service itself is evaluated, but also how each component contributes to the performance of the building as a whole.

The KTH Live-In Lab encompasses a 300 sqm building permit-free innovation environment with alterable student apartments, which enables studies on the future’s resource-efficient and sustainable student housing. The KTH Live-In Lab also receives property and user data from 305 common student flats at the university campus, and one hotel in Stockholm.

Collaboration between industry and academia
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is Sweden’s leading technical university. By placing research and tests at KTH Live-In Lab, companies can gain excellence and opportunity for enterprise-based education. Through collaboration within the KTH Live-In Lab, companies and researchers can work together with students in courses or thesis projects to help accelerate innovation.

Financing
By working with KTH Live-In Lab, companies can double the value of corporate R&D. This is done by applying for funding for R&D together with KTH (and possibly more companies / institutions) and use internal costs (time, material, etc.) as co-financing. Companies acquire knowledge without having to hire external competence. KTH can assist in coordinating the initial application process or support external applicants to the extent necessary. There are also synergies between different projects.


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