The « Innovative Green Building Vision 2010 » conference was held at the International Conference Center in Geneva on May 31st and June 1st 2010. Its aim was to bring together environmental technologies experts in order to identify different innovative solutions that could make the future International Cooperation House a model of innovative green building.
The conference helped answer different questions relevant to the International Cooperation House project:
- How to reduce a building’s ecological footprint and allow it to contribute to the preservation of the environment?
- How to construct a smart and energy efficient building?
- How to turn this new building into a showcase of environmental technologies?
The technological innovations were regrouped around two axes:
- Structural measures: construction materials, envelope, renewable energy sources, etc.
- Dynamic measures around the « Smart IPv6 Building » concept, aiming to use information technologies and the new Internet protocol (IPv6) to reduce energy consumption in buildings by 25% to 40%, by applying a smarter management of energy flows, and adapting them to the actual needs of the building users.
The conference received and discussed over 50 technology proposals to develop a concept of an innovative green building that would serve as model for the international community. Most proposals were complementary and draw a green building vision based on a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. It put down the basic elements for a possible roadmap that could be backed up by the conference participants.
Finally, the conference was an occasion to present the results of a study conducted on the project by the ETH of Zurich with the support of the FOEN (Federal Office of Switzerland for the Environment). The study introduced an original concept combining wood and green concrete for the construction of the building, while respecting security constraints such as fire resistance. The conference also marked the official launch of the Hobnet European research project, financed by the European commission, that brings together several European research partners to work on sensor networks and their integration into the « Smart IPv6 building » approach.