Today, real-estate projects need to offer more than just housing or commercial space. They must provide a real perspective on how we all live together. The new 2000-Watt eco-district of Églantine, which will be completed this year, follows this approach. And at NFIC, because we are engineers of all that is different, we are obviously delighted to have been able to play our part in this new vision of society.
Located in the west of Morges, a stone’s throw from the town centre, the district covers more than 40,000 m2. The architecture itself exudes quality of life, with expanses of greenery that interact with the structures. The buildings are constructed to the highest sustainability standards, such as the Minergie-P ECO label and the “2000-Watts Site” certificate awarded by the Swiss government to buildings that are at the cutting edge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate protection. This is complemented by the use of innovative materials, such as recycled concrete – a type of concrete that NFIC is researching in depth to improve its environmental performance while maintaining its mechanical characteristics.
But what also distinguishes this project is that, in addition to this requirement for environmental responsibility, there is a real participatory approach. As early as 2015, workshops were organised with local residents by the municipality of Morges in order to understand what they expected from a new district that was to be perfectly integrated into the town. This led to many recommendations.
The result? Today, Églantine is a model of green living, incorporating heat pumps and a wastewater recovery system, as well as roofs with solar panels and vegetable gardens. It is also a place that promotes soft mobility and, above all, the inclusion of all within the community: all inhabitants have an app that allows them to converse, vote on decisions, help each other out, and so on.
Many players have worked hard on this project, including NFIC, which was involved in the construction of one of the buildings. It was a technical construction challenge combined with a vision for the future – and needless to say we embarked on it with passion.
We welcomed six girls aged between 10 and 12 during the ‘’Journée Oser Tous les Métiers’’ (JOM) on Thursday, November 9th, 2023. This atelier allows girls to learn more about technical jobs through activities, presentations, and visits of construction sites. This workshop enables girls to learn more about technical professions through activities, presentations, and construction site visits.
Commissioned by the municipality of Echandens, NFIC has just won the study and implementation phase of the future school complex in Echandens (VD), a project developed by the Geneva-based architectural firm dl-c designlab-construction. This exciting scheme will allow us to showcase our analytical abilities and expertise in low-carbon buildings.
Structural works on a Minergie-P/ECO certified eco district demand a proven track record in sustainable construction. This challenge was brilliantly taken up by our team of concrete and recycled materials experts whose specialist knowledge was a real asset to the project.
In association with several renowned offices, NFIC was awarded the contract for the Aigle-Leysin railway line expansion project. This particular railway engineering project asserts our ambitions in this sector and demonstrates, once again, how important sustainable development is to us.
Pushing the boundaries also means constantly exploring new avenues of approach and new ideas. With Hello, Concrete, NFIC is helping to create an exhibition pavilion made entirely of 3D printed concrete. An extraordinary project to be experienced in the prestigious setting of the Vitra Design Museum.
On 3 September, the Beaulieu Theatre revealed its new face after a three-year renovation. This long-term project is part of a much larger conversion in which NFIC made a significant contribution. The kind of challenge we relish!
When NFIC's know-how is combined with an ecological and participatory approach, you can be sure the result will be something special! Welcome to the 2000-Watt Site at Églantine in Morges, a visionary project in which we are particularly proud to have played a part.
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Our firm is through to the second round of the competition organised by the City of Geneva.
NFIC is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. A quarter of a century dedicated to pushing the boundaries with imagination.