The brand MINERGIE® is a sustainability standard for new and refurbished buildings. It is mutually supported by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Cantons along with trade and Industry and is registered in Switzerland and around the world. Comfort is at the heart of MINERGIE® – the comfort of the users living or working in the building. A wholesome level of comfort is made possible by high-grade building envelopes and the continuous renewal of air. Specific energy consumption is used as the main indicator to quantify the required building quality. In this way, a reliable assessment can be assured. Only the final energy consumed is relevant.
The MINERGIE® Standard is widely accepted. There are many reasons for this, the most important being the objective oriented approach: If builders and planners – in other words architects and engineers - can achieve the standard, they have complete freedom both in their design and choice of materials and also in their choice of internal and external building structures.
In the meantime, the building sector has developed a wide range of products and services for MINERGIE® buildings. Suppliers include architects and engineers as well as manufacturers of materials, components and systems. The diversity and competition of this market increases quality and lowers costs. The last product is a zero energy building standard, called MINERGIE-A. MINERGIE-ECO that includes to adress indoor environment quality is having a small market share in the MINERGIE market.
Since MINERGIE is a label for a project, quality controls of built MINERGIE projects must be undertaken. For this reason MINERGIE started a supplementary product for quality assurance. This reaches out beyond the planning phase, to the construction and the operation phase of a building.