WP3: Energy Performance at Regional and National Scale


This work package has the objective to study the energy use of the built environment, the related technical and economic aspects as well as other drivers and barriers at the national level – i.e. for Switzerland as a whole. Together with WP4 this work package will ultimately answer the question whether and to which extent FEEB&D is contributing to the Energy Strategy 2050, i.e. how the energy use of the built environment can be drastically reduced, while making best possible use of local (decentralized) energy resource options and matching strategies (e.g. by use of energy storage).

The development of optimized systems requires a good understanding of energy demand and the availability of energy resources in terms of geographical location (at different scales) and its variation over time (e.g., per hour). As basis for scale-up to the national level, this work package will partly work at the scale of neighbourhoods and regions.

A variety of modelling approaches (bottom-up modelling, systems analysis, statistical methods, energy hub simulations, GIS analysis, etc.) are applied and they are supported by detailed analyses of real systems (case studies).


    The research activities within this work package are structured into three modules:

    1. Spatio-temporal modelling of national energy demand
    2. Spatio-temporal renewable energy modelling
    3. Assessing the potential of decentralized energy systems at the Swiss regional and national scale

      Research Partners

      University of Geneva, Chair for Energy Efficiency

      EPFL, Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory

      ETH Zurich

      • Chair of Building Physics
      • Chair of Architecture and Building Systems


      • Laboratory for Urban Energy Systems
      • Laboratory for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics

      Hochschule Luzern

      • Building Technology and Energy
      • Center for Integrated Building Technology