02.08.2017 By: Torgau (Deutschland) / Lyss (Schweiz), August 2nd, 2017

BIPV in Switzerland: New solar façade with AVANCIS modules for energy-efficient building in Bern. Reduction of the energy consumption costs of the building with CIGS modules.

Torgau (Germany) / Lyss (Switzerland), August 2nd, 2017 – AVANCIS, one of the leading manufacturers of premium CIGS PV modules, demonstrates the power of its thin-film modules in the BIPV area. The solar façade of the new building at Senn Areal in Bern, a residential and commercial building, now produces its own electricity. The façade generates a total solar power of 12 MWh per year current on 135 sm by 130 PowerMax® SKALA PV modules.

Due to the building energy-efficient requirements, Swiss property developer Fambau decided to build an integrated solar system in the south façade of the building to generate power, thus actively contributing a relevant part to the energy performance of the building. In addition, the solar façade should embody a homogeneous high-quality glass surface. Neither the cell structure, nor the attachment of the PV modules should be visible.

For many years, Fambau carries out the redevelopment and major-cycle renovations and conversions with a successful portfolio management. At the same time, it is paying attention to the self-imposed energy guideline and is also trying to use alternative, new sources of energy.

Quick and easy mounting for time and cost savings

The planning and installation of the solar façade took place in just three months. ‘SKALA solar façade modules impress with their easy and standardized assembly because the design system is really thought-out. Thanks to the fixed back-rails at the backside of the modules, the mounting is easily done. Compatible to a variety of different substructures, the installation is easy and fast to handle, and this is project-critical’, explains Jürg Kunz, Managing Director of Swiss Facade Technology.

Key element of the PowerMax® SKALA modules is the consequent design-performance-combination. The high-quality frameless glass-glass modules with 135 Watt are available in different colors and sizes, which is essential for the architectural and planning freedom.

’Aligned to the legal requirements for energy efficiency constructions, we help architects, façade planners and investors with a genuine solar building product which is not just individual and aesthetic, it pays off as real energy solution’, adds Jochen Weick, Head of Business Development & Sales at AVANCIS.‘ The combination of design and high yield is the decisive factor of our facade module compared to other energetic façade solutions on the market.’

Subsidies for energy-efficient construction

The Swiss Confederation and cantons in Switzerland are providing financial support for the energy recovery of existing buildings with the national energy promotion initiative ‘The Building Program’. The canton of Bern promotes new buildings corresponding to the GEAK class A as well as refurbishments according to GEAK class B. Financial support is also given to the realization of positive energy buildings. In addition, contributions are available for the issuance of a building energy certificate (GEAK) and possibly for pilot or demonstration systems.



AVANCIS develops and manufactures thin-film solar modules based on the copper indium gallium diselenide compound (CIGS modules). This innovative technology "Made & Engineered in Germany" is developed in the R & D centers in Munich and Torgau and implemented in the production plants in Torgau. AVANCIS 'technology is based on the pioneering work done by Arco Solar in the 80s, which has developed further in today's thin film technology in the previous AVANCIS companies. The core brand is the PV module PowerMax©, which is used in open spaces and rooftops (PowerMax© 3.5) and as an architectural module in the building sector (PowerMax© SKALA). Since 2014 AVANCIS has been part of the CNBM Group.


Press contact Avancis:
Susanne Häckel
D - München
+49 89 219620-511


About SFT AG

Swiss Fassaden Technik is the planning partner for suspended ventilated facades. Energy efficiency, economical building and the use of renewable energy sources is today a frequently mentioned condition. This applies in particular to the façade, which decisively determines energy consumption, significant CO2 savings and maintenance costs. After the political "yes" to the energizing, the media always read and demanded that the entrepreneurs were now also required to advance this process. The company SFT is facing this challenge.

Contact Swiss Fassaden Technik: 

Jürg Kunz
Münchringen / Bern
+41 79 414 01 34



The Fambau is the largest residential housing cooperative in the canton of Berne and manages more than 3,000 residential units, of which about 2'600 are owned by the owner. Established in 1945, it has been operating successfully for almost 75 years with a wide range of affordable apartments for families and people with low incomes.

Press Contact Fambau:
Walter Straub
Mühledorfstrasse 5
CH-3018 Bern
+41 31 997 11 01