In a rapidly developing area such as efficient energy use in buildings, international exchange is both valuable and an essential requirement. International contacts are established through direct co-operation on projects, but also via networks and through participation at international conferences.
ERABUILD/ERACOBUILD is a European initiative with the objective of promoting co-operation between national and regional research and development programmes in the area of sustainable construction and operation of buildings. Requests for tenders issued within the scope of the joint ERA NET mean that national and regional promotion programmes are accessible for transnational research and development projects. Switzerland is co-operating in ERACOBUILD (www.eracobuild.net) through its Energy in Buildings research programme.
At the projects level, intensive and fruitful co-operation is taking place with two programmes: Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems (ECBCS) and Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA).