by Armando Mombelli, Swiss Info
Situated in an outer suburb of Bern, near a railway line and a motorway, the new Stöckacker Süd housing complex resembles many others under construction in Switzerland. Three large concrete buildings of five to six stories each, with balconies along one side, will contain 146 apartments once the project is completed in 2017. The first tenants will move in by the end of this year.
But this complex is different, because it will be one of the first designed for very low energy consumption under the vision of a society where every person only consumes 2,000 watts of energy per day. That’s expected to become the norm in the coming decades in Switzerland.