Energy efficiency and sustainability are at the forefront of contemporary concerns in construction. Limited resources and environmental considerations have prompted the construction industry to seek innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption and minimize the ecological footprint of buildings. In this context, the Minergie standard has become an essential reference for energy-efficient buildings in Switzerland. For these very reasons, eSMART Technologies, a company active in the fields of proptech and cleantech, aims to utilize innovative technologies and solutions that contribute to reducing environmental impact while fostering sustainability and energy efficiency.
What is the Minergie Standard?
Minergie is a Swiss label that certifies buildings meeting strict criteria for energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality. The standard was established in 1998 to encourage the construction of low-energy consumption buildings while ensuring a high level of comfort for occupants. Minergie buildings aim to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and heating costs while providing a healthy and pleasant indoor environment.
eSMART as an Energy Monitoring Solution Provider
Founded in 2011, eSMART equipped the first Eco-Quartier in French-speaking Switzerland with a multifluid energy monitoring solution, including hot water, cold water, heating, and electricity.
Monitoring for improvement is what the concept of Minergie Monitoring describes. More broadly, Minergie Monitoring is an extension of the Minergie standard aimed at ensuring that certified buildings maintain their energy performance over time, after their completion. Our solutions are among the self-declared providers of Minergie Monitoring solutions, as we offer systems that enable continuous monitoring of energy consumption data and also help identify any deviations from set goals and take corrective actions if necessary.
List of certified Minergie Monitoring companies, including eSMART Technologies (see page 4: Link to the list)
Minergie P-Eco: Toward More Eco-Friendly Construction
Minergie P-Eco is an evolution of the Minergie standard that places a greater emphasis on the overall sustainability of the building. In addition to energy efficiency criteria, Minergie P-Eco incorporates broader environmental considerations such as the choice of construction materials, water management, and biodiversity. This standard aims to promote holistic construction and minimize environmental impact throughout the building’s lifecycle.
The Minergie standard is an essential reference for the construction of energy-efficient buildings in Switzerland and beyond. Thanks to its key principles focused on energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality, Minergie contributes to reducing CO2 emissions and preserving natural resources. With extensions such as Minergie Monitoring certification, we aim to highlight current sustainability and energy efficiency challenges in the construction sector.
At eSMART, our goal is to achieve Minergie Monitoring certification because we firmly believe that stakeholders in the construction and building industry must act with a sustainable vision. That’s why we support construction and real estate companies in taking this step towards a more responsible future. The eSMART solution allows, throughout the entire lifecycle of the building, not only during construction but also during its operational phase, to monitor the energy consumption of the building and take appropriate measures to reduce it. While the Minergie P-Eco standard ensures an energy-efficient building concept, residents’ behaviors are often a source of excessive consumption. The real-time display offered by eSMART to residents raises awareness of the impact of their energy consumption and encourages the reduction of energy waste. The eSMART solution provides residents with a standard household consumption reference and encourages behavioral changes through simple tools (reducing heating when absent for an extended period, displaying current consumption, etc.) for everyone’s daily consumption behavior. Pension funds and investors are able to conduct energy analyses of their real estate portfolios and meet their ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) commitments.
One can only improve what one measures. Based on this maxim, we have developed an intuitive solution to enable residents to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.