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When developing a support structure, it is always important to also keep an eye on resources and CO2 consumption. Thanks to our spectral planning in particular, we are especially adept at taking ecological aspects into account. This is because sustainable, resource-conserving and energy-saving construction is an integral part of every single discipline.

If the support structure, fire protection, planking, sealing and facade are planned together instead of sequentially, then resources, CO2 consumption and use of materials are reduced right from the start.

We work in a network. Teams of generalists and specialists act together. We do not think in terms of individual specialist departments for different lots, because the demand for sustainability can only be met in an interdisciplinary and holistic way.

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© Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten
© Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten
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Temperaturfühler, Foto © ZPF Ingenieure
Eingebauter Temperaturfühler, Foto © ZPF Ingenieure
Erdkörbe, Foto © ZPF Ingenieure

Movable House
Ecological construction means more than a thatched roof and greened facades. An efficient support structure made from the optimal material is part of any ecological sustainable building, as is consideration of the environmental impact, the non-renewable primary energy used and the greenhouse gas emissions throughout the building’s entire life cycle. In order to obtain reliable data for a sustainable building, we probe, measure and analyse, like we did for the Movable House in Riehen, for example.

This 10-by-10-metre house has no need for heating or cooling systems, or even a support structure, because boxes made from beech plywood panels support the roof and brace the construction, while simultaneously forming cupboards and rooms, such as the bathroom, lavatory and equipment room. Salt elements in the floor store heat, photovoltaic elements generate electricity and geothermal baskets heat water. We considered all components holistically, resulting in an eco-house.

More about the project

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Contact partners.

Jacqueline Pauli

Dr sc ETH civil eng SIA

Zurich · +41 44 434 65 22

Nico Ros

Grad civil eng FH SIA · BA Management

Basel · +41 61 386 99 79

Remo Thalmann

MSc FHNW in Engineering SIA

Basel · +41 61 386 99 80

Spectral planning.