Summer comfort in buildings and cities, featured in CONTACT
Because the health and wellbeing of people in buildings and cities are major challenges, the CSTB is taking a look at summer comfort in the July 2020 issue of CONTACT, presenting solutions to mitigate the impact and discomfort of bright sunlight and high temperatures in cities.
Beijing, 2019 – Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD)
A French delegation led by Jean-Philippe Dufour, advisor for sustainable development, energy and transport at the Embassy of France in Beijing, met with Qiu Baoxing, president of the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), counselor of state and former vice minister of housing.
With Dimosim, developing an Energy Master Plan for "Pays SUD"
The municipality of Barcelonnette, Pays Serre-Ponçon-Ubaye-Durance (Pays SUD) association and the CSTB have joined forces in a collaborative research project. The aim is to study the energy strategy of these local areas in the county of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, using Dimosim. This prospective engineering software developed by the CSTB simulates and compares various scenarios for 2030 and 2050, to improve planning for changes in the local energy system.
Collective mobilization for the "E+C- Experimentation" initiative and its associated label
Jointly launched by public authorities and construction industry stakeholders in November 2016, the "E+C- Experimentation" initiative and its associated label evolved from several years of collective groundwork.
Improving assessment of summer thermal comfort in timber-framed buildings
A study entrusted by the public authorities and timber companies to four partners – FCBA, Nobatek, Cerema and the CSTB – produced new methods for calculating moisture transfer in the interior walls of timber construction. This will improve assessments of summer thermal comfort in this type of building.
Offering sound comfort and energy performance to the EcoCity in Champs-sur-Marne
In Cité Descartes in eastern Paris, a new EcoCity aims for architectural innovation, a better quality of life and energy performance. EPA Marne, a public urban development agency, initiated this project as part of France's City of Tomorrow program, supported by the Investment Plan for the Future.
Exploring scenarios to boost neighborhood energy performance
Innovating in the area of urban development in neighborhoods and citywide while assessing project energy performance. The CSTB supports developers, local authorities, industrial companies and operators. Specifically, it offers its expertise in the dynamic modeling of energy systems using the new DIMOSIM software package. In 2014, the CSTB assisted the EPA Plaine du Var (Plaine du Var Urban Development Agency) with its plans for the Nice Méridia neighborhood.
New systems for measuring actual energy performance
The challenge consists in predicting and demonstrating the energy performance of buildings. The measurement tools developed by the CSTB and its partners are designed to give project stakeholders the assurance they need by offering verification of the outcomes achieved using two methods: REPERE, which assesses the actual long-term performance of occupied buildings, and ISABELE, which measures unoccupied buildings at a given time.
Initial feedback on the Energy Performance Contract
The Centre and Alsace regions of France pioneered the use of the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) for renovating and operating their schools. As part of a study carried out on behalf of ADEME, the CSTB analyzed both projects over three years, from design to full use. The summary of lessons learned was finalized in November 2014 and provides the first operational feedback on the EPC scheme in France. It is an essential guide for widespread deployment. Its recommendations are also extremely valuable to all project ownners and operators seeking sustainable improvement of energy performance in property assets.
Actility and the CSTB Carnot Institute working together for the intelligent building
Actility, a specialist in smart grids, and the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) Carnot Institute developed, as part of a research partnership, a complete and groundbreaking service for the analysis of building energy consumption: ThingPark Wireless. This service is part of the thermal insulation renovation program for the building stock of the Habitat Toulouse public housing office and will, for the first time, measure the actual energy performance improvement in occupied housing units.