IUCN Conservation Centre © HOLCIM Foundation

IUCN Conservation Centre

This state-of-the art complex sets a benchmark in sustainable construction. One of Europe's greenest office buildings aiming for both LEED and MINERGIE certification, it incorporates a series of innovative green building techniques while operating within tight cost constraints. Innovative features include use of rainwater for toilets and irrigation; heat recuperation from refrigerators to produce hot water; a CHF 1 million solar parc from Romande Energie Renouvelable that also provides energy back to the Swiss electricity grid; energy efficient lighting; local and recycled building materials; geothermal heating and a decentralized carbon dioxide controlled air supply system.

The Conservation Centre also hosts other conservation organizations: the Ramsar Convention, the MAVA Foundation and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

What's new?

Vélopass bike sharing station in Lugano

IUCN promotes pedal power

A new public bike rental system – the biggest of its kind in Switzerland – opens today, 15 June, in the Swiss canton of Vaud, thanks to a public-private partnership involving IUCN. …  

15 Jun 2011 | News story

IUCN's new conservation centre

Swiss Solar Energy Prize 2010

The 2010 Swiss Solar Energy Prize has been awarded to the ground-breaking solar energy system created by Romande Energie and mounted on the recently inaugurated offices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   …   | French

03 Sep 2010 | International news release

In pictures:
Conference facilities
  • Meeting rooms of the IUCN HQ in Gland, Switzerland
The opening - 4th July 2010
  • Opening of IUCN Conservation Centre
Taking shape
  • IUCN conservation centre photo gallery
IUCN & Holcim BOOKLETS on conservation centre