The renovation project in Murten demonstrates what challenges are involved when building physics and monument protection are taken into consideration as a whole. These aspects were implemented right down to the detailed planning.
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Designed by Fritz Haller and built in 1980 – 1982, the Loewenberg Centre in Murten/Morat, a listed complex used by the Swiss Federal Railways as a training centre, underwent comprehensive refurbishment. Included in the remedial work were the training building, the restaurant, the workshop and the two residential towers. Problems in the existing structure included severe draughts and thermal bridges in the metal facade and inadequate sound insulation in the residential towers.
The challenge lay in meeting the building physics, monument preservation and energy aspects. The focus here was on the building physics requirements in terms of moisture protection and comfort together with the aspects of monument preservation. The energy requirements were taken into account by way of a derogation request in consultation with Canton Fribourg’s Office of Energy.
We provided advice on pollutants, fire protection, acoustics, building physics and energy.