Real Laboratory

The practice-oriented research and development offers the participating project partners the opportunity to exchange ideas, benchmark themselves and try out new things. The testing and evaluation takes place on different real building facilities and the project results obtained in this way can be transferred to other portfolios.

The real lab...

  • a practice-oriented research approach

  • ...allows transdisciplinary cooperation that enables science and those involved in practice to exchange and integrate knowledge on an equal footing

  • ...develops solution options

  • ...develops the basis for Best Practice

  • ...tests different new technologies, which are analyzed and evaluated independently from KIT/FM


Corporates always try to optimize and improve their own facilities. One challenge is often the immense size of the portfolios, which sometimes leads to a lack of clarity. The operation of these complex facilities of existing buildings holds different problems that need to be examined:

  • No transparency of maintenance work/frequency/efficiency
  • No comparability of the different investments of the own portfolio
  • Unclear documentation of operator responsibilities
  • Shortage of skilled workers
  • Qualification and validation of the own digitization strategy often not possible
  • Innovative approaches can only be implemented and evaluated internally to a limited extent

Research objective

The real laboratory is divided into several work packages:

  1. Recording of systems: Understanding the current status, processes, historical background and changeability of all systems by
  2. Analysis - Benchmarking: The data necessary for benchmarking of the individual real laboratories is collected, compared and analysed
  3. Transformation knowledge: Concrete application knowledge to promote change and "road map" for the transformation process
  4. Development of new processes: With the real laboratory, new regulatory instruments are to be tested under real conditions with open results. In doing so, Reallabore creates the necessary flexibility, e.g. through a temporary modification of the generally applicable legal framework

Findings that are developed in a real laboratory are available to all project partners involved. Thus, for example, solutions for the lack of skilled workers, operator responsibility or maintenance work efficiency can be developed in a real laboratory of a specific project partner and scaled up to all other portfolios of all project partners.