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Eco-design – Ecological construction

Respecting the environment and ensuring sustainable Development are the primary objectives of eco-design. These ideas are easily transferred to the construction industry in particular. Eco-design revolves around carbon footprint awareness, biodiversity and the use of eco-materials in an aim towards better energy performance.
By conducting analysis on the lifecycle of buildings, the group is developing tools that can refine the choice of construction products, aided by using a model. Bouygues Construction is currently working on a promising project which involves “green brickwork” made from recycled raw materials.

Reinventing collective housing, and more

The need to make cities denser and to develop original tools for collaboration is giving rise to new ways of approaching the design of urban planning and housing. There are two objectives: to get citizens involved in urban projects that affect them directly; and, in parallel, to promote the design of open and custom collective housing in their own image.

Objective: zero waste…

Regulatory pressure is growing on how building and public works waste is processed. The sector produces 70% of waste in France (245 million tonnes, 46 million tonnes of which from the construction sector).

Quai 22 – the city reinvented

This area will be a great place to work, take it easy and unwind. The location, known as ‘Quai 22’, with its mix of city life, water and nature, will be situated on the banks of the river Deûle in the European Metropolis of Lille.

Greener construction – just a fad or a genuine concern?

Across the world, nearly 200 m3 of concrete is poured every second. Concrete is one of the most widely used industrial products - even more so than oil. Although we know all about its advantages in terms of land development, its drawbacks are significant. It is one of the major sources of CO2 emissions due to its cement content. About one billion tonnes of CO2 is released each year in the world by the cement industry. In the face of such global challenges and future changes in urbanisation, a revolution in construction methods is beginning. How can the construction sector commit to becoming more carbon-free?

Ikea is developing SolarVille, a solar Smart City project

And what if IKEA were set to sell us not flat-packed furniture but pre-packed Smart City kits? This is just what the Swedish giant seems to be working on, if its latest announcement is anything to go by. Named SolarVille, the project designed by Space10, its in-house innovation lab, can power a community with solar energy by way of a smart microgrid using blockchain technology.

Reuse – the fourth pillar of the circular economy

The idea of reusing materials resulting from renovation or demolition work is gaining momentum. It has to be said that it is very attractive since by reviving this age-old practice, there is indeed much to be gained - new means of recycling, low-cost materials, improved carbon footprint during activities, etc... The list is long. All that remains is to remove any barriers.

Terrasse des Canaux, a temporary space built with circular economy

Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France, subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, signed a partnership with Les Canaux to design and build a 170-square-meter terrace. Built from reclaimed materials along the Canal de l’Ourcq and beneath the Maison des Canaux, this terrace was drawn up by architect and set designer Myrtille Fakhreddine and urban gardener Cédric Derouin. A temporary space (the Terrace will be taken down on 2 September), built using materials from company building sites and other sources!

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