The 5th of December, Siemens has inaugurated its smart campus in Zug, Switzerland. It is one of Siemens first projects to use building information modelling (BIM), a new digital planning and a working method that saves time and money. After the virtual building meets all expectations and specifications, the physical construction begins.
The office building meets the highest requirements of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, the LEED Gold certification. The LEED standard is a certification program that encourages sustainable practices design. It focuses on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
The building uses energy efficient heat pumps and water from Lake Zug for cooling and heating. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are equipped with heat and cold recovery systems. It does not need fossil fuels to generate energy since it has photovoltaic installations to provide electricity and vegetated rooftops provide additional insulation.
An integrated building automation system with energy optimisation based on the Design CC integrated building management platform controls the energy consumption and all the disciplines in the buildings.
“Next year, building technology will become a core element of the new operating company Smart Infrastructure (SI). Its global headquarters will then also be in Zug.”