The contribution by France and Belgium to the IEA (International Energy Agency) Annex 50 is called RECOLCI. Under the leadership of ArcelorMittal and in collaboration with a number of partners, the CSTB (Scientific & Technical Centre for Building) is working on the development of energy rehabilitation solutions for apartment buildings through integrated components. The midway review point has been reached.
The CSTB, CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) and CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research have combined their strengths in the same collaborative research project – SIMBIO – supported by ADEME and PUCA (Urban Development Construction & Architecture Plan). The challenge is to develop innovative software suites enabling successful completion of the whole of a real estate project, to be offered to construction professionals. And fully consistent with the new energy requirements.
Buildings and transport are inseparable when establishing a coherent policy to reduce energy consumption. Some discussions within the CSTB challenge quite a few received ideas.
The city of Shanghai will host the 2010 Universal Exhibition. An event at which the CSTB will present its campaigns and plans on sustainable development at building and urban level, with funding from the Ministry of the Economy, Industry & Employment (MINEFE).
Since 2000, the CSTB has been working on setting up laboratories for testing solar thermal components and systems in Morocco and Tunisia. Armed with its expertise in this field, the CSTB has provided technical support to the Moroccan and Tunisian authorities in the design, dimensioning, implementation and operation of these laboratories, through to validation of the results.