Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control

Smart Building Technology

Towards Cost- and Energy-Efficient Building Technology

Mission Statement

All modern societies require a sufficient supply of affordable and sustainable useful energy. The generation of this energy and its efficient usage can be greatly improved by advanced feedforward and feedback control-systems. The optimization of such systems requires appropriate dynamic models and mathematical optimization methods.

The combination of first principles from physics and mathematical rigor with engineering intuition and creativity are the key elements with which we pursue our main objective: to contribute towards a sustainable development in building technologies. Specifically, using and further developing the theory of building dynamics and controls we strive to increase the efficiency of the total building systems.

Our Projects

Monte Rosa Hut

The Monte Rosa Hut is a collaborative project designed with sustainability in mind. Using photovoltaic systems with large battery capacity, solar panels with hot-water reservoirs, and a cogeneration power plant, the Monta Rosa Hut can host up to 125 guests with minimal environmental impact.


picture by Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Available Projects: Please visit the Projects page and look for Projects starting with "IDSC-LG-SF-*".


We target the management of energy flows in complex systems. Our goal is to develop new models featuring extreme accuracy and ultra-high simulation speed.

Available Projects: Please visit the Projects page and look for Projects starting with "IDSC-LG-RB-*".


In future, smart buildings interact with the power grid. An optimal operation of the building services represent a significant opportunity for energy efficiency and cost reduction. Intelligent algorithms will manage the energy storages and shut off loads with little impact on occupants. Cogeneration units, photovoltaic plants or even an electric fleet car can be used to supply the grid with additional power.

Available Projects: Please visit the Projects page and look for Projects starting with "IDSC-LG-AA-*" or "IDSC-LG-MB-*".

Former Projects

Please have a look at the archive


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