Environment > Zero-Energy, Climate Adaptable Office Opens in Switzerland

A zero-energy, climate adaptable office building has been inaugurated by Hearing solutions provider Sonova Holding in Switzerland, making it one of the country’s first carbon-neutral workspaces.

The new Sonova Wireless Competence Centre in Murten, home to its subsidiary Phonak Communications, was built using renewable and reusable materials and will accommodate around 180 employees.

The company says the building aligns with its sustainability program which targets a continuous reduction of its environmental impact. The Sonova Group aims to achieve carbon-neutral operations by the end of 202, Smart Cities World reported.

Sonova says the center operates carbon-neutrally and adapts to the outside climate, requiring hardly any building services installations such as heating or ventilation systems.

Made of a single wythe of climate-neutrally manufactured blocks, the solid façade retains energy and moisture. The building largely regulates itself by absorbing heat and releasing it again when it gets colder outside, the company reports.

The new office was built using mainly renewable and reusable materials so that construction-related grey energy could be minimized.

“As one of Switzerland’s first zero-energy commercial properties, it is part of the world’s first generation of carbon-neutral buildings. This pioneering project is an excellent example of how we are continually reducing the environmental footprint of our business in line with our strategy,” said Arnd Kaldowski, CEO of Sonova.

“We are committed to ensuring that the Sonova Group’s entire operations will be carbon-neutral by the end of 2021. With its unique environmental features, innovative spatial design, and construction, our Wireless Competence Centre provides an ideal workplace for our colleagues,”

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