Policy status:In Force
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label
Policy Target:Buildings>Residential, Buildings>Non-Residential
Agency:Swiss Federal Office for Energy; Cantonal authorities

Since 1998, the Swiss Federal Office for Energy has worked in partnership with cantons to promote the Minergie building standard (Norme SIA 380/1:2009) and label. The standard, SIA 380, has been updated several times, most recently in January 2009. Minergie is a voluntary energy-efficient construction standard for both new and renovated buildings; those which meet the Minergie standards can then display the Minergie label. The standard sets an overall limit on energy use for heating, hot water, ventilation and air-conditioning. The maximum energy consumption for new residential buildings is 38kWh per m2 since and for renovated residential buildings 60kWh per m2 since 1 January 2008 (previously the limits were 42kWh/m2 and 80kWh/m2 respectively). Minergie also has standards for non-residential buildings (commercial, industrial, hospitals, sporting facilities etc.). In 2003, the Minergie-P standard and label was launched, corresponding to passive house standards; the typical Minergie-P residential building consumes 10% of the energy as compared to a regular house meeting current building requirements. Maximum energy consumption of a Minergie-P residential building is 30kWh per m2; Minergie-P standards also apply to non-residential buildings. While based on the same Minergie standard, it takes fuller advantage of passive heating and cooling, has more stringent requirements on thermal efficiency, windows and appliances, and uses renewable energy sources. Minergie Modules are building components that meet Minergie efficiency standards; using these components in construction would meet Minergie standards for the building envelope. Minergie Modules include walls and roofs, windows, doors and luminaries. Since 1 January 2009, U-values for wall and roof modules were tightened to 0.15 W/m2K from 0.2 W/m2K. Most cantons offer financial incentives for new and/or renovated, Minergie and/or Minergie-P buildings.

date effective: 1998 (and 2003; updated 2007, 2009)

Last modified: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:23:24 CET