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Smart Living- The 2,000 Watt Society- August 2012

In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6,500 watts to 2,000 watts by 2150. Smarter Living—The 2,000-Watt Society illustrates the impact of this significant goal by presenting the diverse range of design solutions underway. The exhibition is intended to give architects, developers and contractors the courage and desire to accept the 2,000-watt vision as a challenge for the design community. The18 case studies demonstrate different approaches to sustainable architecture – some with complex technical solutions and some with clever references to traditional construction methods. Whether small projects or large developments, retrofitted housing stock or new construction, these designs create a sustainable future for the city. In Switzerland, “Green” is no longer an option, it’s the Law! Smarter Living is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich.