Buildings

21 October 2016

batimentThe energy and environmental transition is already well underway in the construction and buildings sector. Innovation, low consumption and environmental footprint are the key words of this dynamic trend that started with the Grenelle environmental summit and has been bolstered by the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act in France.

There are three main challenges for the buildings sector:

  • Reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of existing building stock – the prime issue for France is energy renovation. The national targets set by the Energy Transition Act aim to renovate building stock to meet low-energy consumption standards (Bâtiment Basse Consommation) by 2050.
  • Reduce the environmental impacts of new construction both upstream (materials, equipment installations) and during building operation. Carbon thresholds for construction will be included in regulations replacing the 2012 thermal regulations. As of September 2016 the Energie-Carbone quality label is attributed as an experimental prefiguration of the future environmental regulations slated for 2018.
  • Anticipate physical risks related to the effects of climate change, in other words adapt to more intense and more frequent climate hazards that have an impact on buildings and the comfort of their occupants.

In this dynamic context Carbone 4 accompanies organizations in the buildings sector to help them draw up their low carbon or 2°C-compatible strategy and put into place the tools that meet their needs, from corporate group policy to low carbon worksite measures.

Armed with its experience, Carbone 4 helps simplify steps to integrate this new component and proposes services tailored to different actors in the sector:

Social housing owners and landlords

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Real estate promoters

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Builders

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Industrial companies, materials and equipment manufacturers

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Social housing owners and landlords

Carbone 4 helps housing managers determine the environmental footprint of their buildings, and construct a GHG emissions reduction strategy:

  • How can I map and track energy consumption and GHG emissions for my buildings?
  • How can I draw up a long-term strategy to reduce GHG emissions and come into line with the 2°C goal?
  • How can I identify physical risks related to climate hazards incurred by my buildings?
Real estate promoters

Carbone 4 assists promoters who want to draw up a strategy to reduce the environmental impacts of their building projects:

  • Which environmental options should I choose for my building project?
  • How do I set up a decision-making tool for selecting low carbon options?
  • What are the priorities for reducing impacts in my medium-term transition strategy? What are simple ways to measure their impact?
Builders

Carbone 4 helps builders evaluate the environmental impact of their worksites and choose the most environmentally friendly options:

  • What environmental options do I have at my worksites?
  • How can I include a carbon criterion when choosing service providers and contractors?
  • What are the priorities for reducing impacts in my medium-term transition strategy?
Industrial companies, materials and equipment manufacturers

Carbone 4 works with industrial companies, equipment manufacturers and representatives of materials product chains to create value from the environmental qualities of their products:

  • How can I evaluate and communicate on the environmental advantages of my product(s)?
  • How can I boost the market value of a product chain with potentially significant environmental and economic benefits?

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