Civic action and scientific research
CSTB Nantes, in association with ESAT Tournière Services (French organizations that help disabled people back into work) in Carquefou, France, has created a laundry service at AQUASIM, its major research facility for the sustainable management of water in buildings.
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.