Sustainable buildings

Eco-construction of a wooden-made and bioclimatic operations building at Aubevoye’s water treatment plant
L’ensemble de la station d’épuration d’Aubevoye répond à une démarche HQE® innovante, proposant un bâtiment d’exploitation bioclimatique en ossature bois en pin douglas. Les matériaux naturels et performants utilisés permettant une construction saine, confortable et pérenne, à énergie positive grâce à une toiture photovoltaïque.
Le bâtiment est orienté sur un axe Nord-Sud permettant de bénéficier d’un ensoleillement optimal pendant la période de l'hiver et pendant l'été la chaleur est dissipée par la ventilation double flux et les dispositifs de brise-soleil en toiture. L'ensemble du bâtiment s'intègre dans un...
Aubevoye’s water treatment plant meets the requirements of the innovative HQE process, offering a bioclimatic operations building with a Douglas pine tree wooden frame.
The natural and high performance materials used enable a safe, comfortable and long-lasting construction which is also positive-energy thanks to a photovoltaic roof. The building is oriented on a North/South axis, benefiting from an optimal sunshine over the winter, while in summer the heat is dissipated thanks to the dual-flow ventilation system and the sun-breaker devices on the roof.
The building is integrated within an eco-landscaped site which fosters the development of biodiversity.
Towards sustainable airport areas
Dans un contexte de mondialisation croissante des échanges, d’intensification des flux internationaux de marchandises et de personnes, et de hausse globale du trafic aérien qui en découle, les aéroports internationaux constituent des atouts stratégiques pour le développement et l’attractivité des pays et territoires qui les accueillent et qu’ils desservent. La présence d’une place aéroportuaire génère des interactions multiples, entrainant des externalités positives (retombées économiques en termes d’emplois, fiscalité locale, desserte en transports…) ou inversement négatives : pollution atmosphérique, nuisances sonores, congestion...
In a context of increasing globalisation of trade, increasing international flows of goods and people, and the resulting global increase in air traffic, international airports are strategic assets for the development and attractiveness of the countries and territories that host and serve them. International airports and their surrounding areas are of increasingly strategic importance for the development of the metropolitan regions they serve. They are also evolving and becoming distinctive economic and urban places in their own right. At the same time, airport activity has a significant impact on the surrounding environment and generates positive externalities such as economic spin-off in terms of employment opportunities, taxes paid from airport business, transport services, etc. or negative externalities such as air pollution, noise, traffic congestion or agricultural land consumption, etc. Airport areas therefore face many challenges of their own, which need to be addressed at this territorial scale.
 
The Institut Paris Region launched the « sustainable airports” initiative in 2015 with the support of the NGO Metropolis. Three workshops on this theme were organized between Paris and Atlanta. This report stems from this initiative. It is divided into seven thematic chapters, dealing with the major challenges for sustainable airports, making recommendations and highlighting good practices, basing itself on the collective work carried out by the workshops ‘participants and additional research led by the project team.
ActivSkeen: an energy-producing building envelope
Parce que demain se construit aujourd’hui et que le bâtiment est aux avant-postes de la transition énergétique, de la lutte contre le changement climatique et de l’évolution des modes de vie et de travail, ActivSkeen crée des solutions de façades et d’enveloppes actives et esthétiques réduisant l’empreinte environnementale du bâtiment et améliorant le confort des occupants.
 
Ainsi ce n’est plus, un élément de façade assurant les fonctionnalités d’étanchéité, d’isolation et de ventilation, qui est installé, mais un élément produisant, en plus de ces fonctionnalités de base, de l’énergie. ActivSkeen fait appel...
Because tomorrow is being built today and building is at the forefront of the energy transition, the fight against climate change and changing lifestyles and work, ActivSkeen creates solutions with facades and active, aesthetical envelopes that reduce the building's environmental footprint and improve occupant comfort.
 
So it is no longer about installing a façade element providing the functionality of waterproofing, insulation and ventilation, but an element producing, in addition to these basic features, energy. ActivSkeen uses built-in photovoltaic technologies (BIPV) as well as dynamic glazing solutions. It controls the entire value chain, from the design of materials to their installation and implementation engineering.
 
These solutions help produce positive energy buildings (PEBs) and energy self-sufficiency at the islet or neighbourhood level. The interfaces are simplified for better control of projects, from the first draft to
closing the construction site.
Smartseille, the eco-neighbourhood of the future to live in the present
La Ville de Marseille et l’établissement public Euroméditerranée réalisent dans les quartiers nord de la ville la plus grande opération de rénovation urbaine d’Europe du Sud. C’est dans ce cadre que "smartseille", le projet d’écoquartier conçu par Eiffage, a vu le jour : 58 000 m2 ont été construits sur 2,7 ha en associant harmonieusement logements, bureaux et services tout en offrant des logements et des bureaux à des prix accessibles et un accès aisé à toutes les nouvelles technologies.

Cet écoquartier du XXIe siècle apporte aussi à ses habitants comme à ses usagers le meilleur du développement durable :...
The City of Marseille and the Euroméditerranée public institution are carrying out the largest urban renewal operation in Southern Europe in the northern districts of the city. It is within this context that "smartseille", the eco-neighbourhood project designed by Eiffage, was born: 58,000 m2 were built on 2.7 hectares by harmoniously combining housing, offices and services while offering housing and offices at affordable prices and easy access to all new technologies.

This 21st century eco-neighbourhood also provides its inhabitants and users with the best sustainable development: supply of renewable energy, eco-design of buildings adapted to the Mediterranean environment, a mix of functions, urban agriculture.

With great technical ambition and with the help of Orange Business Services, smartseille promotes urban digital transformation and responds to new lifestyles and ways of working. Technology is not an end in itself but a means to make accessible innovative services that simplify the lives of residents, promote the development of social ties and encourage the sharing of resources: e-concierge, dynamic signage, interactive terminals, shared car parks. A web and mobile portal serves as a platform for interaction between residents.
Batiment-ventilation.fr: the referral French online website on the ventilation of buildings
Ayant pour objectif de mettre à disposition des acteurs de la construction l’ensemble des ressources sur les réglementations liées à la ventilation, le site www.batiment.ventilation.fr s'adresse principalement aux professionnels intervenant depuis la création et la prescription jusqu’à la réception et la maintenance des systèmes de ventilation.
 
Il contient à la fois une présentation exhaustive et accessible des principes techniques de la ventilation, un état complet et à jour de la réglementation applicable, une actualité réglementaire de référence neutre et...
With the aim of making all resources on ventilation regulations available to construction stakeholders, the website www.batiment.ventilation.fr is aimed primarily at professionals involved from the creation and prescription to receipt and maintenance of ventilation systems.
 
It contains both a comprehensive and accessible presentation of the technical principles of ventilation, a complete and up-to-date summary of the applicable regulations, a neutral and reliable source of regulatory news, an extensive bibliography with studies and reference guides on the topic, digital training resources for the promotion of best practices (MOOC, Serious Games) and frequently asked questions.
 
Supported by the Ministry for Ecological and Solidary Transition and co-financed by partners and the PACTE Programme, this site has been developed and is managed by Cerema, the Technical Centre for Aeraulic and Thermal Industries (CETIAT) and GreenMe, a company specialising in the quality of working environments.
The Hauts de l'Orne: a naturally innovative district
Un cadre de vie privilégié à deux pas de la Vallée de l’Orne et de la voie verte, sur un site riche de 7000 ans d’histoire : le futur ÉcoQuartier de Fleury-sur-Orne est actuellement développé par Caen la mer, la commune de Fleury-sur-Orne et Normandie Aménagement. Les travaux sont programmés jusqu’en 2030.

UN QUARTIER VÉGÉTAL
Premier ÉcoQuartier labellisé (étape 2 depuis 2018) à se construire sur Caen la mer, les Hauts de l’Orne offriront à ses futurs habitants, à horizon 2030, un vaste choix de logements individuels, semi-collectifs ou collectifs. Il se situera au cœur de 25 hectares de...
A special place to live just a stone's throw from the Orne Valley and its green way on a site with 7,000 years of history: the future EcoDistrict de Fleury-sur-Orne is currently being developed by Caen la Mer, the commune of Fleury-sur-Orne and Normandie Aménagement (Normandy Development). The work is scheduled until 2030.

A GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD
The first certified EcoDistrict (stage 2 since 2018) to be built in Caen la Mer, by 2030, the Hauts de l'Orne will offer its future inhabitants a wide choice of individual, semi-collective and collective housing. It will be located at the heart of 25 hectares of natural landscaped parks, ponds, gentle vegetated paths, and very close to shops, services and innovative sports and recreational facilities. Located a 10-minute drive from the centre of Caen, it will be served by the new rail tram from 2019 and benefit from access to a heat network.

AN IN-SITU NURSERY
To produce trees and plants locally, an innovative initiative, unique in France, was proposed by Normandie Aménagement: to set up a nursery directly in the neighbourhood. Located on the last stage of the EcoDistrict, which will not be completed for 10 years, this nursery has been home to all the plants needed for the future landscaping of the district since 2018. In the long run, more than 40,000 plant species will have been grown directly on the site.
Caen Peninsula: reconquering a territory
Le projet urbain Caen Presqu’île offre de nouvelles perspectives à l'aire de Caen la mer. Quartiers durables, circulations douces, ambiance fluviale, environnement végétalisé, activités économiques, culturelles et sportives…promettent un cadre et une qualité de vie inégalée.
Les communes de Caen, Mondeville et Hérouville Saint-Clair, la Communauté Urbaine Caen la mer, la Région Normandie et le syndicat mixte des Ports de Normandie, travaillent conjointement depuis 2010 à la mise en œuvre d’un projet de renouvellement urbain ambitieux sur le site de la Presqu’île, structurant pour le territoire.
Le projet urbain...
The Caen Peninsula urban project offers new perspectives to the area of Caen la Mer. Sustainable neighbourhoods, soft transport modes, river atmosphere, green environment, economic, cultural and sporting activities all promise an unrivalled environment and quality of life.
 
The municipalities of Caen, Mondeville and Hérouville Saint-Clair, the Caen la Mer Urban Community, the Normandy Region and the Normandy Ports Joint Union have been working together since 2010 to implement an ambitious urban renewal project on the site of the peninsula, which is structuring for the region.
 
The Caen Peninsula urban project covers an operational perimeter of 300 hectares. The member communities of the order group agreed in 2016 on the need to set up a Major Interest Project (MIP), a memorandum of understanding created by Law No. 2014-366 of 24 March 2014 for access to housing and renovated urban planning provided for under Articles L.350-1 to 7 of the Urban Planning Code. The content of the MIP identifies the four structuring urban development projects currently in progress or planned for the future whose aim is to renew the strategic sector of the peninsula in an ambitious and sustainable way:
 
- The Peninsula Point
- La Nouveau Basin joint development zone in Caen
- The Hérouville peninsula JDZ
- The Calix JDZ in Mondeville
Energy transition and urban planning video: how to move towards sustainable cities?
Croiser les enjeux de l’environnement, du climat, de l’énergie et des réseaux avec les politiques de l’urbanisme, de la mobilité et de l’habitat est essentiel pour construire des projets de territoires durables. L’aménagement des territoires est le levier le plus efficace pour réussir la transition énergétique dans la mesure où il impacte directement la demande en énergie.
 
Il peut par exemple créer des villes dépendantes de la voiture et très minéralisées, ne permettant pas de réguler les températures, ou tout au contraire des villes économes et résilientes offrant un cadre de vie attractif à leurs...
Combining environmental, climate, energy and network issues with urban planning, mobility and housing policies is essential for building sustainable regional projects. Land use is the most effective lever for successful energy transition as it directly impacts energy demand.
For example, it can create car-dependent, highly concrete cities which do not regulate temperatures, or, on the contrary, economical, resilient cities offering an attractive living environment for their inhabitants.
Thus, a well-organised region, sufficiently dense which makes the most of its local resources, can at the same time reduce its energy needs, produce its own energy and adapt to the climate of the future. The urban planning code now offers opportunities that communities can seize on.
This video, produced by Agam and DREAL Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in association with the region's technical services, is a relevant way of presenting legal levers and making them possible by local examples of successfully integrating the energy transition into urban planning. Elected officials, experts and planning stakeholders, it's up to us!
BBC observatory: a tool to capitalise on best practices in low-consumption renovation and positive-energy construction
En octobre 2009, le Ministère de l'écologie, du développement durable et de l'énergie (MEDDE), l'ADEME et l'association Effinergie officialise le lancement d'un outil de partage d'expérience sur les opérations de bâtiments basse consommation : l'OBSERVATOIRE BBC (www.observatoire.bbc.org).

Depuis sa création, l'Observatoire BBC a pour missions de répondre aux enjeux suivants:
- Accompagner la généralisation des bâtiments à énergie positive et la massification de la rénovation,
- Valoriser le savoir-faire des professionnels,
-...
In October 2009, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), ADEME and the Effinergie Association officially launched a tool to share experience on low-consumption building operations: the BBC Observatory (www.observatoire.bbc.org).

Since its inception, the BBC Observatory’s mission has been to address the following issues:
  •  Support the generalisation of positive-energy buildings and massification of renovation,
  • Make best use of professional know-how,
  • Help develop future regulations,
  • Identify training needs.
 
The BBC Observatory publishes annual technical and economic studies and a quarterly dashboard of Effinergie labels. At the same time, it publishes monthly "feedback" sheets allowing the general public and professionals to identify pioneering projects. Finally, the Observatoire BBC’s expertise allows it to participate in state-led focus groups on future regulations and to run conferences on positive-energy buildings and low-consumption renovation.
 
 Installing a photovoltaic power plant on the solar canopy in the Huntington Beach City School District of California
Hutington Beach City School District (HBCSD) est un complexe scolaire regroupant 6800 élèves répartis entre 7 écoles élémentaires et 2 établissements secondaires.  
HBCSD poursuivait l’objectif de réaliser des économies annuelles immédiates sur les coûts des services publics afin de se prémunir contre l’inflation future des tarifs d’électricité des services publics, tout en passant à l’électricité verte.
Un partenariat avec ENGIE Services US à partir de 2010 a permis l’installation de 22 212 modules solaires sous forme d’ombrières photovoltaïques qui en plus d’apporter de l’ombre aux élèves dans les...
Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) is a school complex of 6,800 students spread across 7 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools.
 
HBCSD pursued the goal of achieving immediate annual savings on utility costs to guard against future rises in utility electricity rates, while switching to green electricity.
 
A partnership with ENGIE Services US since 2010 enabled the installation of 22,212 solar modules in the form of photovoltaic solar shades which, as well as providing shade to students in outdoor spaces, generate a total of 7.77 MWc of capacity from 7 different school sites.
 
A backup diesel generator to increase the independence of the network has also been installed. Annual production reaches 12,670 MWh, with excess energy being re-injected into the distribution network.