PLACE-BASED RESEARCH - THE MVI CAMPUS TRANSITION
The MonViso Institute (MVI) is a real world laboratory for research on sustainability transitions and design - the transition on various scales is a research process in itself, in real time.
The MVI engages in various, related research topics, in collaboration with partner organizations.
Resilience of mountain social-ecological systems...Alpine Urbanism...Smart cities...Energy transition...Forestry and wooden constructions...Cradle-to-cradle design...Responsible tourism...Environmental change...Circular Economy...Ecosystem Services...
The accompanying research about the transition of the abandoned Serre Lamboi compound to the MVI mountain campus encompasses a rich array of transdisciplinary topics.
- Comparative and exemplary whole systems analysis/sustainability assessment/carbon balance for different building types and energy systems as planned on the MVI campus
- Re-think building standards by whole systems analysis of effective leverage points: relation of system boundary, grey energy, c2c thinking, scalability, human behavior, leverage and effectiveness on the example of window frames: some labels do not certify window frames made from local, resistant hardwood, instead support aluminum frames with a much higher footprint.
- Cradle-to-cradle building concepts
- Net effects of heat recovery systems on water- and air balance – grey energy related to gains in efficiency by time
- Energy storage systems, i.e. system state transition liquid-gas-liquid, and their integration with micro grids and e-mobility
- Solar panel options (PV/thermal) as design elements in traditional stone roofs with a focus on underside visibility of roof overhang
- Comparison of air exchange systems: mechanical/manual vs fully automated heat recovery, and the influence of the human factor
TRADITIONS AND STONE WALLS
- Design criteria for traditional stone walls in Piedmont
- Development of modular, flexible wall building systems with local stones - development of the "Oberservatory" and its flexible "Innovation Nest"
- Affordability in re-building traditional stone huts: cost-saving solutions
- Substitution of Portland cement with geopolymer based solutions for base plates and foundations
- Growing industrial hemp and understanding the systemic use of this plant, from soil improvements to 3D printable plastics
- Paulownia trees - how can these super fast growing trees produce "the aluminum of wood" on this elevation?