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?
Materials sorting: the circular economy in action!
Interview of the month: Michel Cozic
Wednesday March 15th, 2017
Lyon Living Lab — a pioneering urban project
The 2017 MIPIM is an unmissable event for property professionals. The event will take place from 14 to 17 March. Bouygues Construction will take the opportunity at this event to highlight our expertise as a major stakeholder in urban projects.
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Leonardo da Vinci. This quote could be the motto of biomimicry. What does that mean for the real estate sector? Bio-based real estate: reinventing a city by living organisms, for living organisms. Pauline Philippe tell us more.
Urban overheating is becoming a recurring phenomenon, resulting from the cumulative effect of climate change and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon. Climate change is leading to an increase in the intensity and duration of heat waves (hot air masses causing high temperatures for several consecutive days) in different parts of the world. These meteorological phenomena themselves reinforce the UHI, a climatic effect causing a difference in temperature between the centre of urban areas and outlying or natural areas, which can be greater than 10 °C during heat waves. The effect is even more pronounced at night, when the heat stored by artificialised land and buildings is released into the air, keeping the temperature high. Faced with the various consequences (social, environmental, economic) and climate projections, local and regional authorities are now faced with the need to adapt their cities in order to combat this phenomenon. Below is an overview of the challenges and solutions.
Building and Civil Works generates 250 million tonnes of waste per year. Today, only 40% of this waste is reclaimed, yet the Energy Transition Act imposes a threshold of 70%, to be reached by 2020. Transitioning from a traditional, linear economy toward a circular economy means entirely rethinking how we manage a worksite's materials in order to produce in a more sustainable and sensible way.
Improving thermal insulation, reducing the carbon footprint, optimising energy performance… The solution to all these linked objectives lies in the design phase with the choice of materials. A dilemma or a boon?
Inaugurated on 20 January in the presence of Minister of Housing and Sustainable Homes Emmanuelle Cosse, the eco-village Hameau des Noés in Val-de-Reuil can be considered a laboratory of sorts, where new ways of life will be concocted.
Reda El Yakoubi, Deputy Managing Director at Linkcity Morocco, tells us about his experience as a user of the serious game ‘Quartiers durables.Play’ for the Aéroplace à Casa Anfa project, the new urban centre in Casablanca.
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