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Sustainable construction – a return to straw?

Straw is increasingly becoming a part of the construction sector due to its low cost and great insulating properties. This return to basics is also driven by a desire to build in a more environmentally friendly way. This renewable insulating material has a lot going for it, including being a better circular economy solution and having a low carbon footprint, even though it requires some guidance in and care over its use.

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Urban agriculture: what economic model?

Under lockdowns, many French people started to cultivate their own garden, including in cities or on the outskirts of cities, confirming the success of certain forms of urban agriculture. Major cities are becoming visibly greener, but does urban agriculture have an economic model that will ensure it has a stable future?

What paradigm for Green Cities?

In June 2020, eight major French cities saw their municipal councils taken or held by a Green majority: Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Tours, Annecy, Besançon and Poitiers. What do these green municipalities plan for the territories?

Strategies for resilient real estate: interview with Camille Gautier, innovation leader at Elan

Without denying the ostensibly anxiety-provoking prospects anticipated by scientists, it proposes keys to designing a liveable and desirable future: knowing and reducing one’s vulnerabilities, learning to react to unknown phenomena, applying principles of continuity, redundancy and sobriety. How can we implement this concept and develop a methodical and operational resilience strategy at the scale of real estate projects? Insights from Camille Gautier, Innovation Leader at Elan.

Dismantlability, for a circular economy in construction

Applying the principles of the circular economy to the city, circular urbanism advocates a change of approach to build the city on itself and make better use of existing assets and resources in the process of urban design. This is a matter of urgency in the context of climate change, resource scarcity and the critical fragility of the ecosystems from which the materials are taken. According to Sylvain Grisot, author of a manifesto on the subject, recycling spaces, transforming the existing while avoiding deconstruction, and intensifying the uses of spaces are the three golden rules to adopt in order to radically change our methods. Among the many possible tools, let’s explore the dismantlability of buildings: what is a dismantlable building, how should it be designed and for what purpose?

Can solar panels meet the carbon challenge?

To combat global warming, France has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Like France, many countries around the world have decided - by choice or environmental necessity - to turn to decarbonised electricity. In this quest for green energy, photovoltaics seems to have its full place, but is not the only viable solution. Incidentally, what is the status of its deployment potential?

Disability: What are the foundations of disability inclusion at work?

In 2021, disability inclusion is about much more than simply hiring people with disabilities. That's because there are lots of different kinds of disabilities, most of which are invisible. There are also a great many issues involved: performance, recruitment, employee loyalty. Realising this, companies are reviewing their standards and taking internal measures accordingly.

Have robotics already become a reality at all sites?

While there's no longer any question that robots are an asset for construction sites, increasing their uses involves overcoming a number of hurdles: access to the machines by workers (journeymen), improvement of human / machine interaction, autonomy of robots, financial viability, and so on. There is a complex web of challenges that the construction sector has yet to solve before robotics can become a true ally for construction sites and journeymen. Explanations.

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