Sustainable buildings

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Collective housing: “the countryside in Paris”

Collective housing: “the countryside in Paris”

“The countryside in Paris” project is a collective housing project in Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The main challenge for the contracting authority was to find a balance between construction cost, sustainability and environmental quality. The dwellings are divided into small town houses and smaller collective housing, which have been designed to minimise tenants’ costs.

Operation Magnolias

Operation Magnolias

Operation Magnolias is a CDC Habitat project of  23 collective housing units in Toulouse. It was awarded the ADEME Midi-Pyrénées region’s call for economical building projects. This project was set up within the context of urban densification in order to reduce financial and ecological costs. Constraints stemming from existing buildings and limited space have encouraged the implementation of exemplary environmental initiatives. The materials used are partly bio-sourced and allow prefabrication to limit construction site nuisances.

Triballat: a building made of prefabricated hemp wood-concrete

Triballat: a building made of prefabricated hemp wood-concrete

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.

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).

Thémis

Thémis

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.

Circular economy: let’s take the lead!

Circular economy: let’s take the lead!

In January 2018, AdCF devoted the special feature section of its monthly review “Intercommunalités” to the circular economy. It explores the potential of this new model of sustainable development on a territorial scale: industrial ecology, financing and profitability, leverage of public procurement etc. All the challenges of the sector for local authorities are addressed and illustrated by concrete projects implemented by local council communities.

Circular economy: let’s take the lead!

Circular economy: let’s take the lead!

In January 2018, AdCF devoted the special feature section of its monthly review “Intercommunalités” to the circular economy. It explores the potential of this new model of sustainable development on a territorial scale: industrial ecology, financing and profitability, leverage of public procurement etc. All the challenges of the sector for local authorities are addressed and illustrated by concrete projects implemented by local council communities.

Charente-Maritime / Deux Sèvres Crédit Agricole Headquarters

Charente-Maritime / Deux Sèvres Crédit Agricole Headquarters

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).

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?