With Dimosim, developing an Energy Master Plan for "Pays SUD"
The municipality of Barcelonnette, Pays Serre-Ponçon-Ubaye-Durance (Pays SUD) association and the CSTB have joined forces in a collaborative research project. The aim is to study the energy strategy of these local areas in the county of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, using Dimosim. This prospective engineering software developed by the CSTB simulates and compares various scenarios for 2030 and 2050, to improve planning for changes in the local energy system.
Collective mobilization for the "E+C- Experimentation" initiative and its associated label
Jointly launched by public authorities and construction industry stakeholders in November 2016, the "E+C- Experimentation" initiative and its associated label evolved from several years of collective groundwork.
Improving assessment of summer thermal comfort in timber-framed buildings
A study entrusted by the public authorities and timber companies to four partners – FCBA, Nobatek, Cerema and the CSTB – produced new methods for calculating moisture transfer in the interior walls of timber construction. This will improve assessments of summer thermal comfort in this type of building.
Developing a method to assess interactions between urban systems and biodiversity
Measures to protect biodiversity have been reinforced in the regulations on urban development, particularly with the Law on the Protection of Biodiversity adopted in 2016. The objective is to provide the stakeholders of development and construction with indicators and tools to assess what impacts buildings and neighborhoods have on biodiversity.
Offering sound comfort and energy performance to the EcoCity in Champs-sur-Marne
In Cité Descartes in eastern Paris, a new EcoCity aims for architectural innovation, a better quality of life and energy performance. EPA Marne, a public urban development agency, initiated this project as part of France's City of Tomorrow program, supported by the Investment Plan for the Future.
Experimenting with concrete demolition and its reuse in situ
As part of an ambitious program of urban renewal in Stains (Paris Region), the public housing office of Seine-Saint-Denis and the association of architects Bellastock experimented with in situ concrete recycling. Concrete shells from the dismantling of social housing dating from 1960 served to build new urban structures, such as benches and outdoor paving. The CSTB provided technical support to project stakeholders in support of the circular economy.
The CSTB, BRGM, Bouygues Construction, and the HQE Association – France GBC are developing a new tool to contextualize building design: OVALEC
The four partners pool their expertise to develop OVALEC, an R&D project to help stakeholders in the circular economy. Under this agreement, they are developing a new tool to aid design and decision-making in support of the environmental quality of buildings.
Results of the CITYOPT project in Nice, or how to reduce power consumption on a city-wide scale
In the winter of 2016, 140 volunteer households in Nice achieved savings of 28% on their power consumption between 6 pm and 8 pm. This is one of the outcomes of the CITYOPT project which tested a “social energy network” to improve control over the demand for electricity during peak hours.