How Buildings can Protect our Climate, Workshop Organised by Empa and WRF

Energie-BauenBauenSt. Gallen, 14 April 2015 During this year’s edition of the annual Energy Days St Gallen, WRF organises together with its Swiss partner Empa a workshop to discuss the relation between CO2 emissions and materials use in the building sector. The workshop is part of the first Energy & Building Conference, organised on May 22 in St. Gallen, and co-hosted by Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and SCCER, the Swiss Competence Centre for Energy Research.

Speakers include Susanne Kytzia (Hochschule Rapperswil), Kaspar Leuthold (Office of Environment and Energy, City St. Gallen), Cecilia Matasci (WRF) and Harald Professner (Rhomberg Holding GmbH Bregenz/A). The session will be moderated by Heinz Böni (Empa).

Speakers will first present the importance of the building infrastructure in climate protection. They will then describe concrete examples of action undertaken to reduce both GHG emissions and resources consumption by the city of St. Gallen. Finally, they will portray existing practical examples at the building level. The presentations will be followed by discussions with the public, aiming at answering the question how resource efficiency can help to reduce GHG emissions.

This first Energy & Building Conference shows solutions, examples and concrete suggestions for the implementation of energy-efficient building projects on topics such as sustainable renovation, smart homes and building envelope. Plenary lectures, discussions and workshops with speakers from industry and research provide incentives for planned projects and the opportunity for interdisciplinary networking. The conference targets professionals in the fields of energy and building.

Online registration under until May 12, 2015.For information and registration go to Energy + Building Conference website, the Empa website, or write to