Read the editorial by Etienne Crépon – Chief executive officer of the CSTB
The health crisis that has affected the entire planet since the end of 2019 may transform our environment. It is possible that there may be a "post-Covid world", but it is objectively too early to tell, and if there is one, we do not yet know what it will look like.
Certified windows: safety, reliability and comfort
Windows are increasingly technical products. Just a few years ago, they were still assembled on the construction site, but over the past decade they have become a sophisticated construction system integrating a high level of technology and ever greater efficiency.
Recycling of PVC windows
Using recycled PVC in windows is a growing trend in which several key market stakeholders have become involved by having their plants certified, including Deceuninck, Paprec, Rehau, Suez and VEKA for one factory in France and one in Germany. The CSTB issues QB34 and NF126 certifications, which showcase PVC reprocessing and reassure the sector about the constancy of the technical characteristics and the associated performance levels. These certifications represent real progress in the recognition of how PVC windows perform in relation to the circular economy.
Meet the CSTB at Equipbaie 2018
The CSTB guides industry stakeholders as they mobilize for the quality, sustainability and comfort of buildings. From November 20th to 23rd, experts from the CSTB's Windows & Glazing as well as Safety, Structures & Fire Performance departments will be at the Equipbaie international trade fair in Paris, at Porte de Versailles.
Behind the scenes at the Silver BIM Awards 2018: the Jardins de l'Arche Tower in La Défense with the CSTB
The winner of the Silver BIM Award 2018, the Jardins de l'Arche tower in La Défense, will feature three hotels, offices and an observation platform at the top, by 2022. With its 54 floors, standing 200 meters high, this project won in the category of new construction projects with an area of more than 40,000 square meters.
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.
The CSTB's expertise supporting the Montpellier Sud-de-France train station
Comprising a roof made of ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC), with an openwork pattern of 10,000 glazed openings, the new train station in Montpellier is a technical and architectural innovation designed by Marc Mimram.
The offering of the CSTB: ATEx and regulatory flexibility
On June 21, the CSTB organized a day-long event to guide stakeholders in innovation. A round table discussion focused on innovation in connection with the regulatory flexibility recently proposed for the construction industry. In order to support stakeholders, the CSTB is expanding the scope of the Technical Experimentation Assessment (ATEx) to new solutions that have been developed, based on the regulatory flexibility that has made it possible to use means other than those described in the regulations.
NF-certified windows exclusively on BFM TV and online, starting on March 7
The CSTB, the FCBA (French Technology Institute for Forestry, Cellulose, Wood Construction and Furniture) and the UFME (French Association of Exterior Door and Window Frame Manufacturers), are launching their communication campaign on NF-certified windows.