Current energy- and climate policies are challanging the industry of building technology. Technological change and digital transformation also demand change. This years Installers' Summit in Montreux, Switzerland takes a closer look at the opportunities for the industry in a changing world.

General Information

Code for the hotel booking: VSEI2019

Information regarding the speakers will be available soon.

Detailed Program for Conference (Friday)

13:45 – 14:00: Welcome and introduction

Gérard Constantin, AIE President & Karl-Walter Schuster, GCP Europe President

14:00 – 14:40: Switzerland at a glance: the educational system in the context of evolving energy policy

Energy and Climate objectives in Swiss policy: what’s in for contractors?
Patrick Kutchera, Managing Director of SwissEnergy, Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE

14:40 – 15:00: Coffee break

15:00 – 15:50: A new energy ecosystem: the future belongs to clean, decentralised technologies!    

Sharing solar energy: the self-consumption communities of Switzerland
David Stickelberger, CEO, Swissolar

Sector coupling: dream or reality?
Casto Cañavate, Marketing Manager, KNX Association

15:50 – 16:00: Coffee break

16:00 – 16:50: How are construction sector innovations going to impact installers’ businesses?

Innovations in the building sector
Peter Richner, Deputy CEO, EMPA

Productivity challenges in the building sector
Jan-Egbert Sturm, Director, KOF Swiss Economic Institute

A solution for higher productivity
Peter Scherer, Head of Institute of digital building FHNW

16:50 – 17:00: Closing remarks

Gérard Constantin, AIE President & Karl-Walter Schuster, GCP Europe President


Casto Cañavate, Marketing Manager at KNX Association

Since 2002 Casto Cañavate had a clear passion on the so-called HBES (Home & Building Electronic Systems) at that time. With this in mind, Casto graduated in a Master Degree in Home & Building Control in 2006. During a year Casto was acquiring experience on the projects and on-site. However, since he wanted to contribute more to the future of Home and Building control, he joined the KNX Association in 2007 in order to support the activities of the association supporting in the beginning the marketing department with marketing activities around the world; as well as the training department by training KNX tutors in numerous countries.

Currently, Casto Cañavate is the Team Leader of the Marketing Department at KNX Association which covers a wide range of activities such as the support in the creation of the marketing strategy in coordination with the top management of the company, the implementation plan into the global MarCom activities and the responsibility to communicate and implement the KNX mission in the different nations where it is officially represented.

Patrick Kutschera, Managing director of SwissEnergy

Patrick Kutschera is the managing director of SwissEnergy, a federal program to foster energy efficiency and renewable energies. Prior to this assignment, he was founder and owner of RESiQ AG, a company providing innovative energy solutions in the field of renewables and energy efficiency for Switzerland. He holds a master degree in chemical engineering from the ETH Zurich and an executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. SwissEnergy is a program of the swiss government run by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) to foster energy efficiency and renewable energies in Switzerland. Its measures are voluntary and a complement to the mandatory energy law.

Dr. Peter Richner, Deputy CEO EMPA and Head of Departement “Engineering Sciences”

Peter Richner is the deputy CEO of EMPA and Head of the Departement “Engineering Sciences”. He has the strategic responsibility for NEST. Jointly with Urs Elber he is Head of Research Focus Area “Energy”. His professional career started with a PhD in Chemistry at ETH Zurich. After the Postdoc at the Indiana University he started to work for EMPA as Head of the Group for Plasma-Source Mass Spectrometry. He is member in different national and international committees, for example in the European Network of Building Research Institutes (ENBRI).

NEST accelerates the process of innovation in the building sector. In this modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag, new technologies, materials and systems are tested, researched, honed and validated in realistic conditions. The close cooperation with partners from research, industry and the public sector helps launch innovative building and energy technologies on the market faster. Empa conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research, generating interdisciplinary solutions to major challenges faced by industry, and creates the necessary scientific basis to ensure that our society develops in a sustainable manner. As part of the ETH Domain, Empa is committed to excellence in all its activities.

Peter Scherrer, Head of Institute of digital building FHNW

Peter Scherer has an education in design of building services and a master's degree in virtual digital and construction (VDC). Since 2007 he has dealt intensively with digitization in the construction and real estate industry. Since 2017 he is responsible for education and services at the Institute for virtual digital and construction. He was responsible for complex building design and construction projects. As divisional manager and member of the group and executive management, he established a new division for building automation and for process innovations (VDC). From 2015 and 2017, established Bauen digital Schweiz as CEO. Since 2016 he is CEO of netzwerk_digtial, the coordination association of SIA, CRB, KBOB / IPB and Bauen digital Schweiz. He is a member of the SIA Commission 2051, and Vice President of the International Accompanying Commission (BK 442) and the European (TC442) and international (ISO TC59 / SC13) standardization for "BIM". President of the Building Network Initiative (GNI) and Vice President of DIE PLANER.

David Stickelberger, Managing Director Swissolar

David Stickelberger is the Managing Director of Swissolar. He graduated from Zurich University, Switzerland, with a master in Geography in 1986 and a postgraduate course in environmental sciences in 1992. He worked in the field of environmental consultancy for municipalities and was climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Switzerland. Since 1998 he is Managing Director of Swissolar.

The Swiss Solar Energy Professionals Association has today approximately 700 members along the whole solar value chain and an agency in Zurich with 9 employees. The fields of activity include communication, training, quality assurance and lobbying.


Delegate Tickets:

One day ticket Friday
Early bird until 19th of July: CHF 590 / Regular price: CHF 650 (incl. VAT):

  • Business programme and conference for Friday
  • Buffet Lunch on Friday
  • Gala Dinner at Château Chillon

Two day ticket
Early bird until 19th of July: CHF 715 / Regular price: CHF 775 (incl. VAT):

  • Business programme and conference for Friday
  • Buffet Lunch on Friday
  • Gala Dinner at Château Chillon
  • Business programme for Thursday
  • Buffet Lunch on Thursday
  • Dinner at the casino

Prices for accompanying person

One day ticket Friday 
Early bird until 19th of July: CHF 420 / Regular price: CHF 540 (incl. VAT):

  • Day trip to the vineyards and the Vinorama 
  • Gala Dinner at Château Chillon

Two day ticket
Early bird until 19th of July: CHF 480 / Regular price: CHF 600 (incl. VAT):

  • Lunch and city tour (Thursday, 17th October 2019)
  • Dinner at the Casino 
  • Day trip to the vineyards and the Vinorama (Friday, 18th October 2019)
  • Gala Dinner at Château Chillon


Montreux is situated in a protected bay of Lac Léman, surrounded by vineyards. Montreux is called “capital of the Riviera of the canton Vaud”, because of the mild climate. The promenade stretching between Vevey, Montreux and Castle Chillon is ideal for a beautiful walk. Montreux’ international claim to fame is based on the annual Montreux Jazz Festival.

Your hotel in Montreux includes the Montreux Riviera Card that offers many advantages like free public transport in town, reduction on train tickets and much more.

More information on Montreux and excursions is available on the website of Montreux-Vevey Tourisme. There you will also find other useful tips for your journey.

Discover the lake (Saturday)

Riviera Tour

This escapade between the lake and the mountains will let you discover some of the most beautiful sites and views of the Swiss Riviera, for instance Montreux, Chillon Castle and the Dents du Midi mountains. You will cruise by Peilz island, along the Les Grangettes nature reserve and enjoy views of the region’s charming ports.

Get your tickets at CGN.

Joyaux de Lavaux

An unique perspective on : the Lavaux vineyards - a UNESCO World Heritage and the Chillon Castle. This excursion will take you to the extraordinary Chillon Castle. You will sail as well along the Lavaux vineyards – a UNESCO World Heritage –and charming little villages on the hillside.

Get your tickets at CGN.

About AIE

AIE is the voice of electrical contractors in Europe. We represent 1.2 million jobs, 125.500 companies and 137 billion Euro turnover.
Electrical contractors bring electricity to all of us. They connect power plants, they build transport and distribution grids, they provide residential, commercial and industrial buildings with electricity. Electrical contractors make sure that installations work properly throughout their whole life-time and interact appropriately with other energy system components. AIE makes sure that these electrical contractors have everything they need to fulfil this objective.
Since 1954, when we were founded, our mission has been to promote high-quality and safe electrical installations in Europe. Covering both private and public sector the AIE promotes opportunities for electrical contractors by helping to build a regulatory environment in the EU that embraces the modern electrical contractor. From energy efficiency, energy services and standardisation, ICT, Smart and new digital technologies, renewable energy, and training and education - AIE makes sure that the key strategies and main priorities for the modern electrical contractor as a solution provider in Europe are well represented.
Read more about AIE here

About GCP Europe

GCP Europe is the voice of the efficient building engineering services at EU level. GCP Europe represents the interests of installers of technical building equipment, namely heating & cooling, ventilation, air condition and plumbing systems in buildings, including smart controls, metering and system integration. With 18 member associations in 14 countries, GCP Europe is a powerful network in this sector in Europe. Member associations represent an employment figure of over 1 Million people and an annual turnover of over € 100 Billion. 
Read more about GCP Europe here.


The Swiss Association of Electrician Companies (Verband Schweizerischer Elektro-Installationsfirmen / Union Suisse des Installateurs-Electriciens) was founded in 1906. As an industry organization, VSEI works toward a prosperous future for the whole sector. It represents the sectors interest and is committed to forward-looking occupational education. 19 independent regional subsections form the foundation of VSIE. Thus the roughly 2’000 member companies with approximately 40’000 employees are connected nationally and rooted regionally. The Central Secretariat in Zurich is the operational hub for the organisation. Read more about VSEI/USIE here.

About suissetec

suissetec is the Swiss and Liechtenstein Association of technical Building Contractors. The association represents all links in the value chain, including manufacturers, vendors, planers, as well as contractors. suissetec is committed to the interests of the sectors of metalroofing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and pluming, including gas, water and plant management. suisstec has a federal structure and comprises 26 subsections with more than 3500 member companies. The sectors of industry represented by suisstec employ 49’000 people and generate turnover of around CHF 8.1 billion. Read more about suissetec here.