New construction methods : towards sustainable buildings

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Bouygues Construction unveils three innovative sustainable building projects: an autonomous building in Grenoble, a fertile island in Paris and a sustainable district in Sevran.


In Grenoble, Bouygues Construction aims at “global” sustainable habitats!

Imagine a self-contained building capable of …

  • salvaging, filtering and reusing rainwater and grey water;
  • capturing, storing, and redistributing solar energy;
  • optimising waste management through waste sorting and composting;
  • allowing each resident to feel responsible for their environment and act: social neighbour networks for mutual assistance and solidarity, shared gardens and vegetable gardens, shared premises for clubs, green local transport – 1 resident/1 place, etc.).

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The ABC (Autonomous Building for Citizens) is more than just a building. It’s a concept developed by Bouygues Construction R&D* that will come to life in June 2020 in the heart of the EcoCité Grenoble Presqu’île.  The building is designed with high-performance materials to reduce its carbon footprint, and consumption will be tracked for five years. New priorities for the design and functions of residential buildings!


*Created by Linkcity, in partnership with the SUEZ group, Valode & Pistre architects and Bouygues Bâtiment Sud-Est.

A zero-carbon neighbourhood focusing on nature in Paris by 2022

Linkcity, Bouygues Construction’s property development subsidiary is developing industrial wasteland in northern Paris. The Îlot Fertile (fertile island) project will turn a noisy, polluted and hostile area into a pleasant, exemplary and environmentally friendly neighbourhood. A residential area where nature will have pride of place, including central gardens, shared vegetable gardens, orchards and green terraces, largely reducing its carbon footprint. How? Thanks to:

  • a facade made with solid load-bearing stone and low-carbon concrete;
  • 1,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels;
  • a smart grid and heat loop to pool energy needs for homes and offices.


Îlot Fertile will include an orchard of 27 fruit trees, 250 linear meters of berry shrubs (annual harvest of 100 to 300 kg/year) and 240 m2 of vegetable plots that residents will be able to hire. To help residents develop their vegetable gardens, Linkcity will provide support from the Dédale association, responsible for running the whole site for 10 years.” Christine Grèzes, CSR and Innovation Director at Linkcity, property development subsidiary of Bouygues Construction.

A sustainable and autonomous neighbourhood in Sevran by 2024

900 individual and collective waterside dwellings, two residences for seniors and young people, a range of services including childcare, healthcare and convenience stores. Not to mention a sports and leisure park with skateboarding, surfing, climbing and basketball and more. Sevran Terre d’eau* is not just an urban project. It will be a district conducive to living, working, learning and having fun. A sustainable site with water and plants including shared vegetable gardens and micro gardens for vegetables.


1.5 of the 15 hectares of grounds will be reserved for farming. The aim is to sell locally produced fruit and vegetables with short supply chains to businesses in the sports and leisure complex. With Aurore, an association for social and solidarity economy, urban farming will also create local jobs for people returning to the workforce.” Christine Grèzes, CSR and Innovation Director at Linkcity, property development subsidiary of Bouygues Construction.

*Created by Linkcity, property development subsidiary of Bouygues Construction.