Project Areas

A focus on private and public developments in the realm of buildings, mobility and industry.

Climate Framework for Cities

In a referendum held in 2008, three-quarters of the Zurich population voted in favor of achieving the 2000-Watt Society by 2050, making it the first city in the world to give these ambitious goals a democratic legitimacy and enshrine them in the constitution. Other cities such as Vancouver and Munich, as well as the Swiss cantons of Basel and Geneva, have also made the 2000-Watt Society a goal or benchmark in their respective climate-change efforts.

Here is an overview of their successful journeys toward carbon neutrality.


2000-Watt Society in 2012 use for Carbon Neutral Buildings Plan.



2000-Watt Society since 2016 as adopted by City Council to meet their climate change goals.


The Built Environment

Tools for Buildings

The modeling tool “SIA 2040 - Path to Energy Efficiency” can be used to quantify building compliance to the targets of a 2000-Watt Society. It can also be leveraged during the design phase to enable planers and developers to steer a project’s energy-efficiency levels toward the 2000-Watt targets. Guideline “SIA 2032” can be used to determine the embodied energy of a building while “SIA 2033” and “SIA 2039” can help evaluate the impact of associated mobility and respective energy consumption based on a building’s location.

Here are examples of how these tools have successfully been applied.

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