AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler
CONTEXT: “RE-DEFINING AFFORDABLE. Strategies for improving the quality of low cost housing“, International Summer Workshop 20 – 26 August 2016, with Jörg Leeser, Sascha Roesler and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
The most thought provoking aspect of the European insulation strategy, is that its proliferation went along with the increasing standardisation and regulation of thermal practicies. New labels such as Minergy in Switzerland since the early 1990s as well as software applications with simulation and calculation tools are increasingly replacing sophisticated thermal concepts by architects. Since the 1980’s there is a tendency, via thermal standards, “to normalize architecture“ at large. The standardization of thermal concepts and the constraint for architects to apply these norms have coined the building culture of Switzerland and beyond in the last three decades as no other influencing factor.