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.
Electromagnetic Waves in Schools: Results of the Report Issued by the CSTB
The CSTB was commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment to carry out a campaign to measure electromagnetic waves in French schools. This investigation was part of a national program to monitor and measure people’s exposure to electromagnetic waves in public places.
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.
Air quality and comfort in schools in France: first results of the national campaign
At a public workshop held in Paris on June 25th, the Indoor Air Quality Observatory (OQAI) presented the first results of a national campaign conducted between 2013 and 2017 in 301 nursery and elementary schools in mainland France.
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.
Enhancing the resilience of buildings for the well-being of their occupants
How do you explain uneasiness, physical discomfort, or even severe illnesses in occupants of a building, without clearly discernible reasons? Sick building syndrome, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the 1970s, is the manifestation of psychological and medical conditions directly associated with a building.
A chimney that resists hurricanes and improves natural ventilation
The CSTB has developed a hurricane-resistant chimney, which reinforces houses in hot regions subject to hurricanes. This innovation enables a building to withstand a hurricane and gives it optimal natural ventilation, reducing the need for air conditioning.
Safety and wind comfort for the Cultural Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
In the center of a large city park facing the sea, south of Athens, the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera have relocated to exceptional new buildings designed by architect Renzo Piano. The design of these buildings, inaugurated in early 2017, relied on the expertise of the CSTB in two areas: aerodynamics in engineering works and wind comfort in urban spaces.
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.