Would you like to redesign, further develop or convert a site or an entire district in compliance with basic principles of sustainability?
We would be happy to develop and optimise your project, no matter whether you would like to use an international standard as a basis or an evaluation system that is geared to specifications that apply specifically in Switzerland:
- GNB city districts
- LEED for neighbourhood development
- BREEAM communities
- Sustainable districts by Sméo: guideline for sustainable architecture
- 2000 Watt site
We know all of the evaluation methods and can advise you in matters ranging from the selection of a standard to project realisation. With the inclusion of a standardised certification system or guideline, we can work together to identify the important areas to be addressed and enhance the sustainability of your project.
Electrical + thermal area networking / Energy Hub
The more diverse the mix of uses a given area has, the greater the potential for networking. The individual buildings or components of an area are no longer pure energy consumers, but become so-called "prosumers" through the use of synergies and networking to producers and consumers.
Through intelligent networking of several buildings with different uses, waste heat can be supplied to other users from the thermal aspect instead of being released into the ambient air. Heat consumers cool down the network and thus provide cold for direct cooling of buildings and processes. As a further component, electrical networking enables the optimised use of locally generated electrical energy.
Energy storage systems enable generation and consumption to be decoupled in time and are thus able to significantly improve the use and system compatibility of renewable energies. Thermal energy can be stored for a short time in heating and hot water storage tanks or seasonally in ground storage systems for later use. The development of electrical storage capacities can dampen production peaks, thereby improving the integration and use of fluctuating renewable electricity sources.
Energy conversion due to surpluses and deficits will play an increasingly important role. We accompany the development of these technologies "power-to-x" very closely with industry partners in order to be able to integrate them as well if required.
An intelligent control level completes the networked system and enables optimised management of the storage facilities and the coordination of energy supply and demand through load management.
In order to further develop the networking concepts, we are in close contact with industry and research partners such as EMPA and are, for example, industry partners in the energy research programme SWEET.
- Increased use of locally available, renewable energy potentials
- Reliable and robust system design (no over-engineering)
- Economically competitive transformation (design-to-cost)
- Overall energy concepts (master plan energy and media supply)
- Thermal energy systems (district heat/energy networks)
- Electrical energy systems (energy/load management, area concepts)
- Energy storage & energy conversion
- Overall planning/realisation of building services engineering & energy network systems
- Financing Models & Life-Cycle-Costing (LCC)
- Dynamic energy simulations and network modelling (Polysun, Stanet)
- Monitoring and optimisation during operation
- Strategic support in implementation and operation
Our services cover the entire life cycle of an area, neighbourhood or network - from the concept, planning and implementation phases to the operating phase.
What energy infrastructure and production systems are available? Where in your municipality is the need for energy the greatest and where is it available in surplus amounts? Where is it possible to exploit local sources of renewable energy? How are the various districts and buildings in your municipality expected to meet their energy needs in the future? What will this mean for existing enterprises and local value creation?
We gather and compile all of the necessary information in a geographic information system (GIS) and draw the central conclusions for achieving your energy goals. We help you to gain an overview and we make space-related recommendations concerning the sources of energy that are to be prioritised. Finally, we work together with you to develop specific local measures for direct implementation.
The Energy City certificate
The aim of the Energy City programme is to encourage cities to enact environmentally sustainable policies. All of the cities that have been awarded the Energy City certificate have successfully completed a comprehensive process that leads them to sustainable energy, transport and environmental policies. In the framework of the process, city officials, business leaders and private citizens are encouraged to join forces in the interest of achieving a common Goal.
Energy City consulting
As an accredited Energy City consultant, we help municipalities obtain the Energy City certificate. Around 60 municipalities in the Cantons of St. Gallen, Thurgau, Zurich, Aargau and Graubünden have come to value our goal-oriented and pragmatic approach. We would also be delighted to help you reach your energy management goals. In the framework of implementation, you can profit from our energy and mobility know-how, energy development plans, energy accounting practices for municipal buildings, building standards, procurement guidelines, energy seminars, etc.
Spatial analyses with geographic information systems
A map says more than a thousand tables.
While data are an essential basis for sound decision making, they are often only available in forms that are not directly interpretable (e.g. as extensive tables). Geographic information systems (GISs) can be used to gather, process, analyse and visualise data in map form.
Data compilation with the use of a GIS reduces the complexity of the task and yields specific information that can be used to make decisions. Our service encompasses the systematic compilation of raw data, the intuitive spatial illustration and the analysis and interpretation of the results. Examples of spatial analysis with a GIS include energy plans, heating registries and heating needs analyses. GISs are also ideally suited to tasks such as the systematic capture and representation of large building portfolios, including their accompanying parameters such as area calculations, energy data, etc.
Climate-adapted (outdoor) spaces
Our climate is changing. It is becoming hotter, drier and extreme events more frequent. This places a burden on urban areas. At the same time, the pressure and demands on outdoor spaces are increasing due to high-density construction and legally required retention. Outdoor spaces, green and open spaces and buildings therefore need appropriate design and active management. A natural and climate-adapted environment in the urban area is therefore key for success.
We look beyond the building
We offer a comprehensive range of services to support customers such as:
- building contractors
- architects, landscape architects, planners, horticulturists
- cantons, municipalities, schools
in the planning and realisation of green façades, outdoor spaces and green and open spaces.
- Development of a mission statement and strategy for green and open space design
- Outdoor space concepts for new buildings, conversions and redesigns
- Support with regard to certifications for sustainable construction according to SNBS (Flora and Fauna), DGNB, LEED, BREEAM, 2000-Watt Society
- Consulting and support during the planning and construction process
- Inventory, site assessment, planning of measures as well as support in the planning and implementation of natural and climate-adapted outdoor spaces
- Consulting, support and management for roofs and façade greening, also in combination with PV systems
- Consulting and support for water retention systems
- Presentations, guided tours, workshops, information events, article writing, tips, communication with the public, tenants or employees
- Building technology concepts in the context of global warming
Most journeys begin or end at home. The available infrastructure and the mobility options at home and at work are crucial factors that influence decisions about which form of transport to use. The aim of sustainable mobility management is to offer alternative mobility solutions to the occupants and users of buildings. Thus reaching your daily destinations without having to own a motor vehicle should be made easier.
In order to reach these goals, Amstein + Walthert develops customised solutions for its clients. The basis for the development of these solutions is an analysis of weak spots and points of conflict in connection with slower means of transport, the mobility behaviour of the building's residents and the options for improvement supported by the residents.
Enterprises that are virtually predestined to implement sustainable mobility management include companies, building cooperatives, municipalities and educational institutions.
Cities and municipalities
We are a trustworthy partner in matters of energy policy. When facing technical energy challenges, our competent specialists work together with you to develop optimal solutions that meet the relevant sustainability criteria.
From the municipal 2000-watt concept to the energy development plan and the organisation of energy associations and district networks, we offer a comprehensive range of services for municipalities as they draft their master energy plans for the community.
Buildings and sites
We offer comprehensive energy consulting services based on the latest standards, including building analyses, operation optimisation planning and the management of processes relating to statutory audits and sustainability certification programmes.
The Swiss Federal Council's adoption of the Energy Strategy 2050 and the deregulation of the electricity market have introduced significant energy market restructuring. New roles, new business models and new services are in demand. We support your efforts to respond effectively to the changes.
We advise you when it comes to new business models, smart grids, feed-in remuneration arrangements, incentives regulation, efficiency strategies and energy storage solutions.
Feasibility and financing
We help you to plan and finance your energy projects. We work together with you to find an optimal solution, whether via contracting, equity capital, grants and subsidies or cooperative models.
2000 Watt site certificate
How should you approach the task of developing a site these days so as to ensure its success on the market? And at the same time guarantee that it remains economically and ecologically sustainable in the long term?
The aim of the 2000 Watt site certificate programme is to distinguish large civil engineering projects that can demonstrate a sustainable use of resources, low emissions and low-impact mobility concepts in connection with the construction and operation of buildings. The programme is popular among investors on account of the marketing advantages it introduces and its flexibility compared to other certification programmes. For instance, differences between buildings and between types of energy use can balance one another out in a composite assessment. Public agencies value the certificate as an instrument for establishing energy standards for public and private property. It thereby corresponds to the goals of the 2000 Watt Society and helps to ensure compliance even during the operation phase.
As an accredited 200 Watt site consultant we accompany private developers and investors from the first feasibility study to certification in the development phase and recertification in the operation phase. We also provide public agencies with crucial information for the political process and accompany them as far as the implementation of demanded 2000 Watt sites.