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.
Developing a method to assess interactions between urban systems and biodiversity
Measures to protect biodiversity have been reinforced in the regulations on urban development, particularly with the Law on the Protection of Biodiversity adopted in 2016. The objective is to provide the stakeholders of development and construction with indicators and tools to assess what impacts buildings and neighborhoods have on biodiversity.
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.
Experimenting with concrete demolition and its reuse in situ
As part of an ambitious program of urban renewal in Stains (Paris Region), the public housing office of Seine-Saint-Denis and the association of architects Bellastock experimented with in situ concrete recycling. Concrete shells from the dismantling of social housing dating from 1960 served to build new urban structures, such as benches and outdoor paving. The CSTB provided technical support to project stakeholders in support of the circular economy.
The CSTB, BRGM, Bouygues Construction, and the HQE Association – France GBC are developing a new tool to contextualize building design: OVALEC
The four partners pool their expertise to develop OVALEC, an R&D project to help stakeholders in the circular economy. Under this agreement, they are developing a new tool to aid design and decision-making in support of the environmental quality of buildings.
Results of the CITYOPT project in Nice, or how to reduce power consumption on a city-wide scale
In the winter of 2016, 140 volunteer households in Nice achieved savings of 28% on their power consumption between 6 pm and 8 pm. This is one of the outcomes of the CITYOPT project which tested a “social energy network” to improve control over the demand for electricity during peak hours.
CSTB Innovathèque at Batimat 2015
Experience innovation at the CSTB stand at Batimat 2015. Through an exhibition of objects, the Innovathèque showcases innovative projects developed by VSEs/SMEs with the support of CSTB research. Discover these accomplishments for the health and comfort of users, as well as the actual energy performance of buildings. Share your thoughts and questions with CSTB experts to advance innovations together.
University of La Rochelle, CNRS and the CSTB jointly planning research
The University of La Rochelle, the CNRS and the CSTB are using their combined expertise for research on buildings. In Paris, on June 17, 2015, Étienne Crépon, president of CSTB, Gérard Blanchard, president of the University of La Rochelle and Marie-Yvonne Perrin, deputy scientific director of the CNRS Institute for INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences), signed an agreement for a research partnership focusing on four areas: sustainable buildings; uses, health and comfort in indoor environments and design methods; risk mitigation; and digital simulation and tools.