Read the editorial by Etienne Crépon – Chief executive officer of the CSTB
The health crisis that has affected the entire planet since the end of 2019 may transform our environment. It is possible that there may be a "post-Covid world", but it is objectively too early to tell, and if there is one, we do not yet know what it will look like.
Certified windows: safety, reliability and comfort
Windows are increasingly technical products. Just a few years ago, they were still assembled on the construction site, but over the past decade they have become a sophisticated construction system integrating a high level of technology and ever greater efficiency.
Recycling of PVC windows
Using recycled PVC in windows is a growing trend in which several key market stakeholders have become involved by having their plants certified, including Deceuninck, Paprec, Rehau, Suez and VEKA for one factory in France and one in Germany. The CSTB issues QB34 and NF126 certifications, which showcase PVC reprocessing and reassure the sector about the constancy of the technical characteristics and the associated performance levels. These certifications represent real progress in the recognition of how PVC windows perform in relation to the circular economy.
Climate dome at the Beauval Zoo: the CSTB, involved in the design phase
At the beginning of 2020, the Beauval Zoo inaugurated its new climate zone with an exceptional tropical environment. Commissioned by CMF, the company that designed the glass dome of unprecedented proportions (13,855 sq. meters), the CSTB provided a digital modeling procedure and solution to conduct a study of the temperature and airflow behavior of the tropical greenhouse.
Meet the CSTB at Equipbaie 2018
The CSTB guides industry stakeholders as they mobilize for the quality, sustainability and comfort of buildings. From November 20th to 23rd, experts from the CSTB's Windows & Glazing as well as Safety, Structures & Fire Performance departments will be at the Equipbaie international trade fair in Paris, at Porte de Versailles.
Building higher on the shores of the Mediterranean: requirements for stability and comfort
The weather conditions on the Mediterranean coast, characterized by winds from the sea and land, must be considered during construction. The CSTB assisted in designing the 100-meter high towers for housing units, offices and services on a coveted shoreline where land is scarce.