The LOCIE (LabOratoire proCédés energIe bâtimEnt) is a joint research unit UMR 5271 - Université Savoie Mont Blanc and CNRS research unit working in engineering and systems sciences. Its activities are resolutely focused on fields of application with high scientific, technological and societal stakes: sustainable building and energy. LOCIE is also an upstream research laboratory of the Institut National de l'Énergie Solaire (INES), located on the Savoie Technolac campus. LOCIE was created in 2002. In 2022, for its 20th anniversary, its original name no longer reflected the laboratory's activities, so LOCIE members decided to change the laboratory's name without changing its acronym: LOCIE becomes 'LabOratoire proCédés energIe bâtimEnt'.

Its parent company is Polytech Annecy-Chambéry. Polytech Annecy-Chambéry. For academics , LOCIE is attached to the doctoral school SIE (Sciences, Engineering, Environment, No 634).


The LabOratoire proCédés energIe bâtimEnt (LOCIE) draws on a wide range of scientific expertise covering three main sectors:

  • energy
  • the environment
  • the building

This translates into relative skills in :

  • process engineering,
  • energy and thermodynamics,
  • building thermics,
  • mechanics and materials.

We also have methodological skills in design, modeling and optimization.

Scientific organization

LOCIE is a research laboratory that focuses its activities on a single theme of major societal importance: "Sustainable energy and building". It is the upstream research laboratory representing the Université de Savoie and the CNRS within the Institut National de l'Energie Solaire INES.

LOCIE operates as a single team, with 3 themes:

  • BASE: Sustainable building: Structure and Envelope
  • STEP: Energy and Process Systems
  • SITE: Integrated Systems and Buildings for Cities and Territories

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Organization and life in the unit

The Director is supported by the LOCIE Board, made up of the scientific heads of the themes and the unit manager. He convenes a monthly Laboratory Councilcomposed of 13 members. He is supported by a Scientific Committeeopen to all, where projects proposed by LOCIE members, scientific results and collaborations are presented. The Scientific Committee also provides a forum for cross-functional forward-looking thinking, notably on sustainable development, experimental or digital cells: one to three meetings a year are set aside for this purpose.

Strategic orientations are debated at general meetings. A scientific committee made up of outside experts is consulted on the unit's major orientations.

Staff meetings(Annual General Meeting and annual seminar) are organized every year. They provide an opportunity to take stock of the year, discuss issues together, and present upcoming deadlines.

LOCIE organization chart


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LOCIE has been ISO 9001 certified since 2021.

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