Triballat Noya is a dairy factory committed to organic and green farming. In order to accommodate its IT services, the company decided to resort to an innovative eco-design process: the building using locally-sourced, organic materials, made of hemp concrete, a plant whose seeds are harvested by the company for their food products. The idea was to design a building that would like them, enhance the agricultural sector and minimise its environmental impact.
The Thémis office building, located in the 17th district of Paris, is the showcase of ICADE’s commitment to sustainable development. It is part of the pilot projects of the E+C- label and is the first tertiary building to have been certified. With an innovative architectural design (frontage designed to address noise and air quality and reflect daylight), it enjoys high energy efficiency and reaches levels of excellence in carbon footprint mitigation. Its southern frontage and roof are fully covered with plants.
The series of workshops organised by GRDF and the ADEME was an opportunity to mobilise more than fifty actors in planning and development to collectively reflect on these issues, target obstacles to action, identify courses of action and set priorities. This document summarises the main collaborative proposals put forward by the participants. The 9 proposals detailed here confirm that, despite emerging initiatives and best practices, expectations and needs persist.
Sustainability was the core concept of this building, designed by EIFFAGE. This 19 000 square metre building benefits from high environmental performance, exceeding the 2020 eco-building standards. It is energy self-sufficient thanks to 26 000 square metres of photovoltaic panels and 35 geothermal probes buried 250 m underground. It is also well insulated (facing East-West to favour natural lighting, triple glazing, 22cm-thick layer of exterior insulation).
The company AVENIDOR has designed the first 100% self-sufficient house in the world. Highly efficient, it functions wherever possible using natural resources. It does not require any heating or air conditioning system, is fully self-sufficient in energy and drinking water and offers an extraordinary level of comfort to live in.
Based on the analysis of the 39 French EcoQuartier labelled operations in 2013, 2014 and 2015, located in most of the major French regions, Cerema's publicaton "EcoQuartiers, what lessons can be learned?" aims to overcome preconceived ideas and develop collective representations. What is really new in these projects? What is the difference between a 1970s or 1980s development project and today’s so-called "sustainable" urban projects?
The 32nd issue of the National Federation of Urban Planning Agencies (FNAU), “The stakes of overseas planning” is the result of a collaboration between the three overseas urban planning agencies and the FNAU.
Published following the seminar of directors of urban planning agencies held in Martinique in October 2013, this issues reviews the stakes of planning in the specific context of overseas territories. It inlcudes sections on natural risks, economic models, mobility iessues and natural heritage etc.
The global context of increasing population and decreasing resources and raw materials requires us to reflect on the transition from a linear to a circular economy. With more and more inhabitants living in cities, the challenge of circularity is above all urban. Town and country planning must contribute to this by restricting silo-based approaches and acting in an integrated way, so that all the territory’s resources are mobilized for a single objective: to turn our territories and cities into sober and decisively circular spaces.
In July 2018, WWF France published a study entitled “The Urban Climate Challenge: Getting French cities on board with the Paris Agreement targets”.
The study, a collaborative project with EcoAct, highlights the responsibility of French cities in terms of climate change, their commitment to this front, and proposes local targets, inspired by the Paris Agreement, for France’s ten largest cities.