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.
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.
New rooftop greenhouses in Europe
How much energy, water and CO2 emissions can be saved thanks to rooftop greenhouses? The advantages of these systems are being analyzed by eleven European partners from five countries, including the CSTB for France, as part of the GROOF project (Interreg North-West Europe program).
Coronavirus health crisis, the CSTB and its teams are mobilized to ensure the continuity of our services to all clients and partners
Under these exceptional circumstances, our priority is to prevent further risk for the people around us and with whom we work: nearly 1 000 employees of the CSTB and its subsidiaries, 6 000 clients and partners, 2 500 suppliers and sub-contractors. We shall all comply fully with the measures announced by the President of France.
CNRS and the CSTB are forging a 5-year interdisciplinary research partnership
On March 5, Antoine Petit, CEO of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Étienne Crépon, president of the Scientific and Technical Center for Building (CSTB), signed a framework agreement for research.