ÜserHuus

We transfer university research to build a sustainable world of the built environment

Mission

Technology transfer is at the heart of our mission.
We want to facilitate pioneer developments from prototype engineering (university) to market success (Industry).
Our goal is to add value to the results of scientific and technological research by transferring them to the right place at the right time.

Vision

We envisage buildings to be both, energy efficient and beautiful, fostering a sustainable environment and human wellbeing, together with our research partners: BRE, Building Research Establishment, United Kingdom CSEM, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, Switzerland HSLU, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland.

Project

Our projects so far include: A terra cotta effect BIPV roof on our show house at theBRE Innovation Park, Watford (www.bregroup.com) and (www.userhuus.com/park), a terra cotta effect BIPV carport roof at our premises (www.userhuus.com/carport) in Hergiswil, Switzerland, the BIPV “Swissness” façade at the Umweltarena, Spreitenbach, Switzerland, (www.userhuus.com/spreitenbach-switzerland) and the coloured and structured BIPV balcony balustrades at the NEST building at EMPA (www.userhuus.com/coloured-and-structuredpv), Dübendorf, Switzerland.

We also were involved in developing Terra Cotta BIPV roof tiles by Issol, testing by CSEM,installation by Solstis and sponsoring by ÜserHuus, Republic and Canton of Neuchâtel, State of Fribourg and the Federal Agency for Energy for a farmhouse in alisted building area in Ecuvillens, Fribourg, Switzerland (www.userhuus.com/userhuus-contribution).

Among the forthcoming projects is the facade retrofit of the ÜserHuus/Tigh Grian show-houses at BRE Watford. The existing traditional cladding will be replaced with multi-coloured BIPV cladding. This cladding is made in collaboration with LucerneUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts HSLU (https://www.hslu.ch) and combines special colour printing on glass with more efficient mono-crystalline PV technology as a market ready product, tested and certified.

Another forthcoming pilot- and demonstration project are BIPV sculptures Greek goddesses at ÜserHuus’ premises  (www.userhuus.com/bipvsculptures) in Hergiswil, Switzerland.

We also envisage several multi-coloured and/or semi-transparent BIPV facades inSwitzerland, for example for an architectural practice near Lucerne and a bank’s administrative building near Geneva.

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Team

JACQUELINE SCHINDLER, president of board

ROBERT COWIE, member of board, vice-president

ERICH SINGER, member of board, assistant VP

Dr. STEPHEN WITTKOPF, managing director