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Energy performance in construction
Bouygues Construction respects the environment and energy performance in all its activities. This means optimising the use of resources in order to consume less. Bouygues Construction promotes the use of energy-friendly solutions, a commitment which regularly reaps rewards by receiving environmental certificates. There is a triple objective: reducing the amount of energy needed for buildings and their users, to be able to measure and manage energy consumption and to develop renewable energy sources.

Solar energy, a source of renewable energy
The sun provides us with light and heat and this energy can be used by humans for heating, lighting and to produce electricity. Bouygues Construction has integrated this energy source into its projects by installing photovoltaic solar panels to produce electricity and thermal solar panels for heating. In 2010, Bouygues Construction signed France’s first energy performance contract for social housing. Bouygues Construction’s headquarters is a symbol of our commitment to energy performance with over 25,000m2 of photovoltaic panels. The group is also committed to constructing positive energy buildings which produce more energy than they consume.

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?

Will the city of the future run on hydrogen?

Hydrogen has been put forth as a critical "green" energy solution in the next decades. Between public and personal transport, power production and storage, the innovations are proliferating around the world to make hydrogen a central part of our daily lives.

Photovoltaic : where are we?

“At the end of the crisis [health linked to the Covid-19 epidemic], the questions [regarding energy policy] will need to be readdressed.” So said Pascal Roger, president of the Federation of energy environment services (Fedene) to News Tank Cities on 01 April 2020. Currently, new renewable energies represent a prospect for ecological transition for this sector with photovoltaic in the lead, between giant power plants and innovative installations. Where are we ?

Interview of the month: Ramy Saad

Ramy Saad, energy efficiency and sustainable design engineer at Bouygues Bâtiment International, shares details of European research project “EnergyMatching”, part of the large-scale “Horizon 2020” programme on making energy efficiency improvements to buildings.

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.

The Olympic Games: a powerful lever for regional development

The Olympic and Paralympic Games represent a wonderful opportunity to rethink the regions through ambitious urban projects. This event associated with the Greater Paris area will enable the capital to perfect its status as a global city and accelerate the transformation of the Ile-de-France department. Spotlight on the impact of the Olympic Games on our cities and on the economic benefits derived from the magic of Olympism.

Will electrical cars be mandatory by the year 2030?

Are European car manufacturers poised to switch to all-electric? On 10 September, MEPs in Brussels gave their support for draft legislation setting a 45% reduction in CO2 emissions from cars and vans under 3.5 tonnes by the year 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025. A much more ambitious roadmap than that of the European Commission, which tabled plans for a 30% reduction by 2030.

Experience Grand Paris

The choice of location in Saint-Ouen's Docks district is no accident: the Fabrique du métro is located at the heart of an area which plays an emblematic role in the current Grand Paris development.

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