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The new Monte Rosa Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club is already considered to be the alpine hut of the future. The hut also represents a research project of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. It develops and tests new concepts for increasing energy efficiency in extended use under difficult conditions, using new technologies to optimally design such buildings so that they can be operated on a sustainable basis. This also includes the building automation from Siemens Building Technologies. Its employee, engineer and amateur mountain climber Ivan Loetscher monitors the plants on site and keeps the operating stations in working order. The entire hut is to produce only a third of the toxic substances in comparison to the smaller hut that preceded it. The interim result after two years of intensive operation: The hut and its technology have already proven themselves to be sustainable.
Reference Number: PN 2011.08