AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler, Sabine von Fischer, Madlen Kobi
CONTEXT: Conference co-organized by the Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship and Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Mendrisio Oct. 30./31, 2017
KEYWORDS: thermal standards, norm transfer, globalization, sustainable architecture, certification
Thermal standards exert an increasing impact in architecture. What has been a minor issue in planning processes just three decades ago has become an inflexible determinant in the design practice of architects. Thermal standards increasingly determine the concept, structure and form of buildings; just think of the imperative to insulate building envelopes. Even more, thermal standards turned out to be the silver bullet of Western societies on their way towards energy transition and sustainable architecture. Agencies like the US-American “LEED“, the British “BREEAM“, the German “Passivhaus“ or the Swiss “Minergie“, “2000-Watt Society,“ and “SNBS“ offer certifiable solutions for thermal comfort in combination with the promise of sustainability for architecture and cities. Based on case studies from Switzerland and various international contexts, the conference inquires in what ways the global circulation of thermal standards affects and translates into local design and building practices. Moreover, the conference reflects on the relevance of current standards for thermal concepts of cities beyond the individual house. The conference addresses thermal standards following an multi-disciplinary approach; the participating speakers are architects and social scientists. The conference will be held in three panels followed by a roundtable discussion.