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.
Urban swales to improve stormwater management
In urban areas, stormwater can cause pollution and floods as a consequence of increasing urbanization, which makes ground impermeable. As part of an R&D partnership project called Matriochkas, the CSTB is working with IFSTTAR Nantes, Centrale Nantes, the City of Nantes and the Loire-Brittany Water Agency on an urban stormwater swale system that enables permeation and retention. The CSTB is testing this full-scale solution at its Aquasim test facility.
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.
Stepped timber frame with invisible seams
Wooden beams make up the stepped structure of the huge roof covering the Aqualagon, the future water park of Marne-la-Vallée. The beams were made by Arbonis, using an innovative assembly technique, which received a favorable ATEx assessment in early 2016.
Laboratory measurements and on-site measurements: getting closer
Thermal and acoustic insulation made of recycled paper, or cellulose wadding, is used in loose fill or in panels in buildings. A study initiated by a working group of industrial manufacturers with the CSTB explored to what extent the thickness of this loose fill insulation is subject to settling, over time. This is a major challenge in the context of energy transition. The goal is to assess this component's actual contribution to the energy performance of the building envelope.
Test of a 9-meter high concrete panel subjected to exceptional fire conditions: challenges, method and prospects
To optimize the fire loading of large structures, which are increasingly used in industry in particular, the CSTB is developing an approach that combines calculation with full-scale testing.
Measuring the performance of a water heat recovery system
Gray water heat recovery systems can instantly capture energy from household wastewater, thereby improving the thermal balance of buildings. To measure the actual performance of these systems, the CSTB has been offering tests in its Cofrac-accredited laboratory since September 16, 2014.