New building The Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is currently undergoing the biggest extension in its history. By the end of 2009, a new 9,000 square-metre building will be added to the existing 16,000 square-metre premises so as to meet the demands imposed by the Brand’s growth. In order to preserve the exceptional natural setting in which it has been established for over 175 years, the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux has decided to show its concrete commitment to sustainable development by earning two labels testifying to the ecological quality of this new architectural creation. The Minergie label This Swiss label is granted to buildings featuring a high level of comfort and low energy consumption. It is delivered to constructions meeting the following essential prerequisites: - an extremely airtight protective building shell designed to prevent cold air from seeping in - excellent insulation to avoid heat loss in winter and excessive heat in summer. - controlled ventilation system - optimised natural lighting - noise reduction - the use of recyclable and biodegradable construction materials - To find out more about the Minergie label, Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to visit the http://www.minergie.ch/home_en.html website. The Hydro-locale label Solar panels installed on the roof of the new building serve to provide one-third of the electricity required for hot water consumption. For the other two-thirds, the Manufacture has opted for an environment-friendly and local source of electricity: deriving its supply of hydraulic eco-energy from the Romande Energie company. This green energy is produced locally thanks to the lakes and rivers of the Vallée de Joux. The Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is thereby demonstrating its concern to make the most of the region’s potential and its clean-energy sources.