A public body for innovation in construction, the CSTB focuses on four key activities: research and expertise, assessment, certification, and dissemination of knowledge, all performed to address the challenges of energy transition in the construction sector.
Editorial Étienne CRÉPON, CSTB President
“ The building industry has rarely experienced such a transformation, with the environmental transition, the digital revolution and a great wave of innovations to be embraced. These transformations in the industry coincide naturally with the CSTB's key missions. Thanks to its experience and the complementary nature of its Research, Expertise and Assessment activities, the CSTB can accompany these changes. ”
To contribute to global efforts against climate change and meet society's expectations for better urban living, the CSTB applies its scientific and technical skills to all of its activities. The CSTB's systemic approach serves to anticipate future challenges and support stakeholders at every stage of their projects in achieving sustainable innovation. The ultimate goal is for buildings and cities to embark on the energy, environmental and digital transitions ahead.
Learn about the strategic priorities of the CSTB in France and internationally, in these three interviews
"The challenges of research for the construction industry in the digital age."
in charge of Research and Development
Demography, aging, social inequality, climate change, management of natural resources, as well as quality and comfort of living conditions...
Organized around five Specialist Areas, the scientific and technical research programs of the CSTB spur advances in knowledge, to make buildings and cities safer, healthier and more efficient. 2016 was the fourth year of a project cycle (2013-2017). This represents an opportunity to share certain advances. Through its research activities, the CSTB responds to society’s expectations for safety and wellbeing, adapted to increasingly diversified lifestyles. Faced with climate change, a key challenge consists of improving the management of natural resources and the quality of construction projects, by exploiting the opportunities of new technologies and integrating the need for economic optimization.
With its partners, the CSTB is continuing its multidisciplinary research projects in response to calls for tenders from organizations such as the French National Research Agency, ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and the European Commission. The CSTB mobilizes its expertise for public authorities, to address national priorities in the areas of energy, the environment, health, safety and digital technologies. The CSTB also guides socioeconomic stakeholders in the development of innovations for the market, through research partnerships and consulting projects.
In 2016, the public research of the CSTB covered:
of its own multi-year
collaborative research projects with public stakeholders,
mainly initiated by the Department for Housing, Urban Planning and Landscape (DHUP); by the National Research Agency, ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and the European Commission (FP7 and H2020 programs)
In 2016, the CSTB supported public authorities through three plans:
The testing activities of the CSTB grew significantly in 2016 and the trend continues in 2017. They are structured around multidisciplinary test engineering services for industry stakeholders. CSTB specialists verify that a product or system will properly perform its function for the duration of its life cycle. They also analyze its contribution to the building's overall performance. The full testing procedure designed by the CSTB provides stakeholders with a comprehensive approach that optimizes the organization of the tests.
The tests, accredited by COFRAC, the French accreditation committee, are performed as part of an assessment, certification or CE marking process. They may also be used in the research phase to characterize the performance of new concepts. The CSTB can then develop specific protocols. This provides stakeholders with reliable experiment data to optimize their innovation.
The CSTB uses its state-of-the-art test facilities, test benches and equipment to conduct tests, from very reduced-scale to full-scale. It enriches the test results with digital simulation when a combined approach is relevant.
The testing activities are accredited by COFRAC, the French national accreditation body. The accreditation numbers are: 1-0300, 1-0301, 1-0302, 1-0304, 1-0305, 1-0306, 1-2122 and 1-1542 for tests, and 2-1930 for the calibration of anemometers (availavailable at www.cofrac.fr).
Fire safety with Vulcain
To set the example on environmental issues, the CSTB has reduced the chimney air emissions generated by its fire...
The third Innovation Survey by Ifop-CSTB*, carried out in May 2016, confirmed this, as did the first poll (2015). It shows that building sector companies with less than 500 employees (VSEs and SMEs) place great importance on innovation. The survey also spotlights the special commitment of industry stakeholders to energy and environmental performance and the digital revolution, which are levers of development and differentiation on the market.
The results of the survey demonstrate the need to support the stakeholders to foster their innovation as they mobilize to deal with regulatory changes and other challenges.
88 % OF THE COMPANY HEADS SURVEYED CONFIRMED THEIR INTENTION OF INNOVATING WITHIN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
59 % CONSIDERED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AS AN ADVANTAGE.
21 % SAID THEY HAD HEARD OF THE REGULATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL DECLARATIONS.
* 3rd Innovation Survey by Ifop-CSTB of VSEs and SMEs in the building sector (under 500 employees), conducted in May 2016.
In responsive to these needs, the CSTB proposes its wide-ranging expertise to guide their projects with services adapted to each stage of innovation, from the idea to the market.
It also provides information and orientation to the stakeholders.
SUPPORT AND ORIENTATION SERVICES
750 applications submitted to the CSTB's Ariane service
The National Support Network (RNA) has 11 partners in France's regions
INNOVATION DAY, JUNE 21, 2016 at CSTB Paris Testimonials by innovative project developers:
International agreements, meetings and partnerships
International openness promotes exchange between researchers within a network of excellence, contributing to advances in the covered fields of interest. The CSTB, a scientific and technical contributor in Europe and worldwide, continues to develop partnerships with similar organizations in Europe, French-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries, USA, Canada, Asia and Australia. The priority areas are energy and environmental performance, construction quality in the face of global warming, public health issues, quality of life in cities, adaptation of housing to aging populations, and digital technologies.
In addition, cooperation between the CSTB and its international partners concentrates on aligning scientific and technical methods of assessment and testing. Strengthening exchanges has already proven beneficial to the quality of products, while boosting exports by industrial companies. New milestones were achieved in 2016, notably in North America, Europe, Morocco and China. Environmental certification for cities also moved forward in 2016: Cerway issued HQETM development certification to an eco-city in Morocco and embarked on a sustainable urban project in China.
Greater cooperation in product assessment in the United States, Canada and Europe
The missions and the legal organization of the Scientific and Technical Center for Building, a public organization of an industrial and commercial nature, are defined in Articles L142-1, L142-2 and R142-1 to R142-14 of the French Building Code. The president is appointed by governmental decree.
Robert Baroux / Stéphanie Buisson / Ali Chenouna / Michel Cossavella / Béatrice Cromières / Tony Gane / Cristina Garcez / Julien Hans / Yann Holly / Séverine Kirchner / Hubert Lagier / Jacques Martin / Bruno Mesureur / Patrick Morand / Sophie Moreau / Christophe Morel / Stéphane Munier / Dominique Naert / Katy Narcy / Patrick Nossent / Philippe Pied / Maxime Roger / Souheil Soubra / Jean-Christophe Visier / Anne Voeltzel-Lévêque
2016 Operating income (excluding subsidiaries)
Committed to sustainable development, the CSTB is mobilized around the social, environmental and economic challenges relating to its activities. It has been working for several years to reduce the energy consumption and environmental footprint of its sites thanks to energy savings and reduced carbon emissions of its buildings. Another commitment centers on optimizing the organization to continually improve the services provided to clients and partners.