Buildings and Cities

The Buildings and Cities research programme is orientated toward the key values of Energy Strategy 2050 and the targets set by the ideals of the 2,000 watt society. The SIA path toward energy efficiency serves as an instrument to evaluate how well each building meets targets. Efficiency and emission-free generation of energy are still the main themes, however, increasing attention is being directed toward the influence of users.

Current research priorities

Sites and districts

Further development of sustainability strategies; Optimised interaction of production of energy, storage, distribution and consumption; Buildings and sites as energy service providers; resiliency with respect to the global climate development microclimates in urban centres.


Long-term reduction of the energy consumption of old buildings; BIM in life cycle assessment;Embodied energy, minimisation of material flows, use of energy, material and building data at planning and operation stages; Building shell: conflict between areas, innovative systems, new technologies; Cooling in view of the future climate; Building automation, monitoring and system optimisation; Heating systems with low CO2 emissions and low electricity consumption in the winter.

Consumers, market, policy

Feedback systems; Incentive systems for sufficiency; Acceptance of building automation solutions: influence of privacy and security, flexibility of use, user interfaces.


Call for Tender “Net zero GHG emissions in the building area”

Note: On 21.12.2022, the new directive on the submission of R+D projects and the associated cost form were published. This sets new hourly rates and regulates their assessment. This regulation comes into force immediately. Within the framework of the current tender “net zero THGE in the building area”, cost calculations according to both methods will be accepted. Cost statements already prepared do not have to be adjusted. However, only the form according to the new method is available for download. Please note that both methods are maximum rates. The charging of overhead costs is still not permitted for research projects.

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Project list

Specialist staff
Last modification 03.02.2021

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Head of Programme

Nadège Vetterli

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