The Jacques Geelen Laboratory was developed as part of a European project. It has several heating and cooling production and distribution systems and allows large-scale tests (real scale of a single-family home).
The laboratory is equipped with a climatic chamber surrounded by an area called a "Buffer" allowing the reproduction of given meteorological conditions (temperatures). Different optimization scenarios can be tested in the room.
Located next to the Jacques Geelen laboratory, a weather station has the traditional measuring instruments (temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure) and more pointed such as several solar radiation sensors and a diffuse radiation sensor. These data as well as the location of the station allow, during computer simulations of the building, to have reliable data of weather conditions to which the building is exposed.