Chances and challenges of building replacement

In Switzerland, efforts invested in rendering the framework conditions of building replacement comparable to those of conventional renovation and restoration have yielded the experience dealt with below.

The Swiss building sector and its unique context

Counted together, all the buildings in Switzerland represent a replacement value of some 2 500 million CHF, with that of rising structures – housing, offices – accounting for the lion‘s share of 1 750 million CHF. For a targeted annual rehabilitation rate of 1.2% of Switzerland‘s total real-estate volume, the building renovation volume should come to 21 million CHF. In reality, however, it only comes to 10 million CHF at present. In other words, Switzerland – like a number of other European countries – is in danger of suffering a decline in the...

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With its simple “Quick Check” the Green Building Switzerland Association has created a basis for estimating the suitability of a property for a substitute newbuild. This approach is presented for...


12.01.2010 News: Swissbau 2010: Because a knowledge edge is half the battle won

From 12 to 16 January 2010, Basel is once again acting as the capital city and chief rendezvous for the construction and real estate industries. Way above 100,000 visitors from the fields of planning,...

Issue 03/2012

Swissbau 2012 – meeting point for the construction and architecture scene ­in Switzerland

Swissbau, the leading fair for the construction and real-estate industry in Switzerland, came to an end after five very successful days. With 115?111 visitors (+6.5%) and top marks from the just...


18.01.2010 News: Swissbau 2010 A brilliant start to the new year for the construction and real-estate sector

Swissbau in Basel has emphatically confirmed its position as the leading exhibition and most important meeting place for the construction and real-estate sector in Switzerland and its neighbouring...

Issue 6/2018

Economic and energy potential of roof renovation

When it comes to the question of which renovation measure is particularly prudent and economically efficient for existing building stock, renovation of the roof is generally given as the answer. The...