The construction sector constantly faces evolving regulations, environmental issues, and technical challenges. We choose to innovate with selected partners whose expertise complements ours, to face these challenges today and going forward.
In order to ensure the best possible response to changes in our industry, and our clients' new expectations, we have chosen to act in our role of a global operator, creating numerous connections with our stakeholders, including builders, equipment manufacturers, energy providers, industrial companies, and universities. Our objective is to work together to develop more sustainable solutions. In concrete terms, the R&D development of our projects is carried out by a team made up of employees and internal experts, as well as our partners in industry, universities, SMEs, and startups. The goal of these partnerships is to constantly improve the intrinsic performance of the materials we use and the techniques we implement.
Strong ties with our partners in industry
Because the performance of our buildings and infrastructures depends largely on the quality of the materials that we use to build them, the large companies and SMEs that produce these materials and invent new ones are valuable allies. We have been working alongside some of these manufacturers for several years in our search for efficient solutions. For example, we have worked with Renault and Nissan to reuse batteries from electrical vehicles to store energy in buildings. We have signed a cooperation agreement with BASF to test the materials of the future and reinforce both groups' technical expertise. We have also helped Techniwood develop a new generation of prefabricated wood panels that provide a very high level of thermal performance.
In dialogue with academic organizations and civil society
We are developing close relationships based on sharing knowledge and forward-looking thinking with the scientific, educational, and academic communities. In conjunction with the École des Ponts ParisTech, the École Centrale Paris, Supélec and the French Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (CSTB), we set up a research and teaching chair in “Sustainable Building and Innovation” in 2010.
We bring together customers, partners, employees, scientists and experts for discussions around forecasting market evolutions and ways to develop what we offer.
As an extension of this work, we launched think tanks devoted to more specific themes, such as leisure time in the city, new ways of living in social housing or how digital technology enhances our lives in our neighbourhoods.
EKO'Mouv: the lucky winners of Project Week 2016!
From 7 to 11 March 2016, Bouygues Construction acted as a sponsor for Project Week. From Paris to Bordeaux, Lille to Nantes, 1000 students were issued a challenge related to a key theme for the Group: eco-responsibility within eco-neighbourhoods.
Objective: invite them to develop an innovative concept by combining the assorted skills offered by schools from the Ionis Group. Following a closely contested competition, a team from the city of Lille was crowned the winner by a jury of professionals during the grand finale, which was held at the headquarters of TF1.
Dubbed EKO'Mouv, the team’s project applies the principle of gamification to mobility. The application that was developed has an initial, informational aspect that allows the user to stay up-to-date on every event in their eco-neighbourhood. However, its true added value has to do with its system for tracing routes via geocaching. EKO'Mouv proposes markers for the user to recover and routes for them to follow using connected means of transport collectively known as "soft mobility". In this way, the user is encouraged to go to a location in order to see an activity or participate in an event.