While improving energy performance is essential during a renovation project, it is not the sole objective of project managers. Of equal importance are the key features aimed at incorporating different uses within a building. Issues such as planning, digitalisation, occupation of space, quality of life at work, etc. also need to be fully addressed.
Seniors : developing easily personalized residences
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Wednesday September 21st, 2016
Seniors and housing: a model in need of reinvention
The fact that the population is ageing is not new. But the increase in healthy life expectancy and the massive retirement of baby boomers has significantly accelerated the phenomenon. For example, since 2015 there have been more over 65s than under 18s living in France! And in 2030, one Frenchman out of three will be […]
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