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Real Estate

Implenia becomes partner of the NEST research and innovation platform at Empa and realises the new “Beyond Zero” unit

The new NEST Unit "Beyond Zero" at Empa
NEST platform at Empa: The new "Beyond Zero" unit will be built on the centre platform of the NEST building (image: ©Roman Keller).

Partnership between Implenia and NEST platform at Empa | Implenia is building the new NEST unit “Beyond Zero” as Empa’s implementation partner | This unit will investigate the use of CO2-negative materials and technologies over the entire lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure

Glattpark (Opfikon), 11 January 2024 – From 2024, Implenia is working together with Empa, Eawag and other partners on the planning and construction of a new NEST unit called “Beyond Zero”. This visionary unit will be built mainly of CO2-reduced and CO2-negative building materials, and will investigate their use across the entire building and infrastructure lifecycle. These materials include thermal insulation and cements that bind carbon dioxide in the air, as well as clay-based bricks that do not require firing. More information on the new NEST unit: Beyond Zero

The partnership underlines and expands the Group’s commitment to sustainability. Implenia is a sustainability leader within the construction and real estate sector and is regularly awarded high scores by such organisations as Sustainalytics (Industry Top Rated), Ecovadis (Gold) and MSCI (AAA).

Jens Vollmar, Head Division Buildings at Implenia, about the partnership: “We’re pleased that Implenia is able to work as a partner on this new unit for the great NEST research and innovation platform. As Switzerland’s leading construction and real estate service provider, we are joining forces to investigate new ways of reducing CO2 in the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. Our insights will inform the way all Divisions of Implenia develop, plan and build, as well as the way Wincasa manages buildings and Ina Invest runs its sustainable real estate portfolio.”

Prof. Tanja Zimmermann, Director of Empa, sees great potential in the new partnership: “Implenia has built some pioneering sustainable buildings on the Empa Campus in Dübendorf, most recently a laboratory and office building, as well as the first multi-story car park in Switzerland to use a timber-hybrid construction method. The new partnership between Empa and Implenia includes research into innovative building materials, as well as long-term investigations into future-oriented applications on our NEST platform. This all promotes the direct transfer of sustainable innovation into practice.”


Contact for media:

Corporate Communications, T +41 58 474 74 77, communication@implenia.com


Contact for Investors and Analysts:

Investor Relations, T +41 58 474 35 04, ir@implenia.com


Dates for investors:

28 February 2024: Annual results for 2023, Analysts And Media Conference

26 March 2024: Annual General Meeting



As Switzerland’s leading construction and real estate service provider, Implenia develops, builds and manages homes, workplaces and infrastructure for future generations in Switzerland and Germany. It also offers tunnelling and related infrastructure projects in further markets. Formed in 2006, the company can look back on around 150 years of construction tradition. Implenia brings together the know-how of its highly skilled development, planning and execution units under the umbrella of an integrated leading multinational construction and real estate service provider. With its broad offering and the expertise of its specialists, the Group realises large, complex projects and provides client-centric support across the entire life cycle of a building or structure. It focuses on client needs and on striking a sustainable balance between commercial success and social and environmental responsibility. Implenia, with its headquarters in Opfikon near Zurich, employs more than 9,000 (FTE) people across Europe and posted revenue of CHF 3.6 billion in 2022. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (IMPN, CH0023868554). More information can be found at implenia.com.



Empa is the interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Department of Materials Science and Technology Development. As a bridge between research and practice, it develops solutions for the most important challenges facing industry and society. NEST is a research and innovation platform run by Empa and Eawag to research and develop new materials, technologies and products, energy strategies and usage concepts in the construction sector. The units within NEST function as living experiments: real, usable living and working environments rather than sealed-off laboratories. nest.empa.ch