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Construction audit Heating and cooling plant and data centre in Ecublens - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is renewing the heating and cooling plant on its site in Ecublens (VD) and building a new data centre on its roof. This major, technically ambitious project is financed by two guarantee credits totalling CHF 73 million. The project is based on heat pumps that are fed exclusively with lake water. The combination of a heating and cooling plant together with a data centre will enable energy synergies to be exploited in the future.

Audit number: 19436

Audit Governance at the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Exchanges and Mobility State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation / Federal Office of Culture / Federal Social Insurance Office

The Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Exchanges and Mobility (SFAM) was established at the beginning of 2016 by three federal offices and the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) to replace the "ch Foundation" as the operator of the Agency for Exchange and Mobility. Since 2017, it has been the legal entity of the National Agency for Exchange and Mobility, operating under the name "Movetia". The foundation reports annual operating expenses and revenue of around CHF 4 million. This not only includes operating expenses in the narrower sense, but also the 27 staff members (FTE) who fulfil performance mandates for the federal offices and for which the foundation is paid. The support programmes that the foundation runs on behalf of the Confederation total approximately CHF 33 million (as of 2018). Two private foundations also finance Movetia projects.

Audit number: 19350

Audit Construction project "Biosystems Science and Engineering" - ETH Zurich

The ETH Zurich is building a new laboratory and office complex in Basel – "Biosystems Science and Engineering", or BSS. The complex will cost around CHF 218 million. The Confederation is investing some CHF 171 million in the project, making this guarantee credit the largest item in the ETH Zurich construction programme. The BSS project is in the implementation phase. The excavation is complete and the lower-ground shell is in progress.

Audit number: 18180