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Arkinova - activity generator

Arkinova - activity generator

Arkinova is a technology hub dedicated to eco-building, bringing together young start-ups, R&D companies, architects and engineers. The Basque Country urban authorities wanted this building to be exemplary: the materials that were used have a low energy and carbon footprint, enabling the structure to be energy positive, suitable to tomorrow’s societal, technical and energy changes, while respecting the environment. Offices are modular and equipped with cutting-edge technologies (3D digital modelling).

Optimising the local energy mix in planning and development

Optimising the local energy mix in planning and development

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.

Challenges: the cities of tomorrow? Containing urban sprawl and rethinking the city

Challenges: the cities of tomorrow? Containing urban sprawl and rethinking the city

ADEME’s practical handbook « Challenges: the cities of tomorrow? Containing urban sprawl and rethinking the city” analyses the impact of urban sprawl on living conditions and the environment. It also identifies examples of innovative urban solutions to make cities more accessible and sustainable while curbing their sprawl. For an ecological management of space, 10 examples of sustainable urban development are illustrated in this guide.

Avenidor : the first 100% self-sufficient house in the world

Avenidor : the first 100% self-sufficient house in the world

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.

EcoQuartiers: what lessons can be learned?

EcoQuartiers: what lessons can be learned?

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?

Massileo, a smart grid

Massileo, a smart grid

Massileo is a renewable energy production system designed by Optimal Solutions, a subsidiary of Dalkia (EDF Group). By recovering sea water calories using a warm water loop, this grid is able to simultaneously produce heating, air conditioning and domestic hot water, thanks to heat pumps. This 100% renewable local energy allows Marseille’s housing, offices and shops to trade their calories and to be as much a consumers as a producers of energy. An example of this is the Smartseille eco-district, where Massileo has been operational since 2017.

URMA de Bruay / Saint-Saulve School : a high energetic performance building

URMA de Bruay / Saint-Saulve School : a high energetic performance building

Committed to a regional transition towards sustainable development, the Hauts de France regional council has led the way for constructing a building capable of taking advantage of all the natural resources available on site. The Urma de Bruay /Saint-Saulve School building, which houses more than 1,300 apprentices and teachers, was therefore designed with the aim of reducing thermal requirements. This was possible thanks to windows that allow air to be preheated, shafts that naturally generate cool or warm air thanks to natural ventilation and an exhaust heat recovery system.

Transforming and expanding a market hall into a Kindergarten

Transforming and expanding a market hall into a Kindergarten

Boutours kindergarten’s 9 classes rooms were built by recycling and expanding a former market hall. The entire construction process has been designed to be ecological, participatory, civic and educational. The materials are bio-sourced (mud bricks) and the building emits very little carbon, throught both its materials used and its heating system.  

The kindergarten’s pupils and citizens were enlisted during the construction phase of the building.  

Deltagreen

Deltagreen

Deltagreen is the only building in France that produces, stores and recovers electric power through a hydrogen station. Its photovoltaic fields not only enable it to be self-sufficient, but also to resell energy. Deltagreen is “Passiv Haus”-certified thanks to its energy performance and was also a 2018 Green Solution Awards winner.

Sunny, Axa regional headquarters : smart offices encouraging exchange between employees

Sunny, Axa regional headquarters : smart offices encouraging exchange between employees

Located in Isneauville, close to Rouen, “Sunny” is the new regional headquarters of Axa. This new real estate complex is made of 3 buildings connected by broad glazed walkways. The project was developed through BIM from the beginning, to reach the final objective: a digital executed works file (DOE).