Orbital Shower at HSB Living Lab

12 april 2024

Chalmers Campus Johanneberg in Gothenburg.The HSB Living Lab is exactly what it sounds like – a living laboratory. In this house innovations are being developed and tested on site in a real environment. During the past six months, an exciting project has been underway in collaboration with Orbital.

Orbital Shower Retrofit has been installed in three different housings at the HSB Living Lab. Partly in a normal family apartment, partly in two student residences.

In concrete terms, the HSB Living Lab is a building on the Chalmers Campus Johanneberg in Gothenburg where the top three floors accommodate 29 residences for researchers and students and the ground floor contains rooms for collaboration. In the housing, approximately 40 people live in both more traditional apartments and student housing with common areas, where research is conducted around the sharing economy and how best to use common areas.

In the Living Lab, both technical and architectural inventions are tested, to increase knowledge about how we should build the homes of the future. Much is about long-term sustainability – how we can save resources and energy by finding new solutions for everyday tasks such as washing, cooking and daily hygiene.

During the project, a large amount of data has been collected on how the Orbital Shower performs in the various apartments under various conditions depending on the residents' different showering habits. The savings depend, as always, on how often and how long you shower.

The data from the HSB Living Lab shows that the Orbital Shower has provided good savings. Compared to a traditional shower, they have reached savings levels of 80-90 percent less consumption of hot water and between 60 and 70 percent savings in electricity and heating energy.

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