A green Building promoting clean technologies

woman leavesBuildings consume 41% of the world energy and generate 33% of greenhouse gas emissions. The central location and high visibility of our new building will be used to showcase and promote green technologies. We will integrate various emerging solutions to make the building as green as possible. The project is open to academic, public and private partners. Each partner''s contribution will be duly highlighted on the premises, in international conferences and through the Internet.

Architecture

The architectural concept has been developed in order to:

  • Optimize the use of natural light
  • Naturally warm the building.
Materials & insulation

Windows & glass technology: Envelope and glass technologies are evolving quickly. We will use innovative facades technologies based on glasses with optimal thermal and infrared coefficients. Photovoltaic windows may be used in some parts of the building as an additional energy source.

Green concrete: We will select innovative cements producing less CO2 in their manufacturing, as well as recycled aggregates to make the concrete, aiming at long term durability with a reduced environmental footprint.

Wood: The building will explore and optimize the use of wood as a renewable and CO2 harvesting construction material for high buildings. It will analyse the potential of innovative wood based construction materials providing optimal security and a reduced maintenance costs.

Insulation: The building will comply with the Swiss insulation label Minergie. We will also explore the use of innovative insulation materials.

Energy

Solar cells: The building has been shaped to receive both thermal and photovoltaic solar cells. Thermal solar cells will be located on the roof to preheat the hot water. Photovoltaic solar cells can be installed on the roof and on a southern wall to produce electricity.

Heat-pump & Geneva Lake Nations (GLN) project: In partnership with the Services Industriels de Genève (SIG), the building will use the water form the lake of Geneva to cool down the building in Summer time and to feed heat-pumps in Winter.

Green heating system: The heating system will be optimized and target the most energy efficient system with a minimal environmental footprint.

Smart IPv6 building & automation: We will use the new Internet protocol (IPv6) to manage and monitor the whole building (see section: "Smart IPv6 Building"). It intends to reduce its Energy consumption by at least 25%.

Green lighting system: The lighting system will be optimized, with innovative energy efficient lights controlled through a smart lighting management system.

Transportation

Soft mobility: The central location of the building enables delegates to access the various conference premises by foot. Bikes will also be provided to the delegates.

Public transport: The building will benefit from an extension of the tramway line. Delegates will have a direct and easy access to the public transport network.

Telepresence: We are interested to provide telepresence equipment enabling delegates who cannot travel to take part in meetings from a remote location. It will simultaneously permit a larger participation from developing countries and limit their CO2 footprint.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity: The building is located in a privileged environment. We will work with environmental NGOs and academic partners to optimise the biodiversity level on the surroundings. This will include, natural areas, a pond with endangered batrachians, scree, etc.

Green roof: Part of the roof will be planted with endemic species.

Rainwater collection: Rain water will be collected for the gardening.

Environmental & CO2 footprint evaluation

International experts will measure the environmental impact of the project in terms of energy efficiency and CO2 footprint.