Speed meetings with innovative VSEs and SMEs
“I have a new product, what should I do to have it certified?” Although the same question is asked by all construction professionals, it reflects many different needs. In particular, it was heard frequently during discussions between innovative VSEs and SMEs and experts during the speed meetings of the CSTB and its partners on November 5 at the BATIMAT trade show.
Synerbois assists SACBA with its wood process study
A manufacturer of a solid wood process for walls and structural floors, SACBA (Development and Construction Company of Agricultural Buildings), an SME located in France's Aquitaine region, called upon Synerbois, which includes the FCBA (French Technology Institute for Forestry, Cellulose, Wood Construction and Furniture) and the CSTB (Scientific and Technical Center for Building) to characterize the performance of its wood process, called Bosco CLT, to be used in high rise buildings.
Sylvia Pinel at the CSTB stand at Batimat 2015
Tuesday, November 3, Sylvia Pinel, Minister for Housing, Regional Equality and Rural Affairs, inaugurated the Mondial du Bâtiment exhibition and visited the CSTB stand in the presence of Etienne Crépon, President of the CSTB, Bruno Léchevin, President of the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), Patrick Liébus, President of the Confederation of Craftsmen and Small Builders (CAPEB), Jacques Chanut, President of the French Building Federation (FFB) and President of three national plans: PACTE (construction quality), PTNB (digital transition) and PRDA (asbestos).
VSEs and SMEs: key players in the performance of buildings and the city of the future
Building-contractor and manufacturer VSEs/SMEs: what is their perception of innovation? The results of the survey conducted by the French Public Opinion Institute (IFOP) for the CSTB reveal that innovation plays a crucial role for 61% of VSEs and SMEs in the construction industry.
Conquering the French insulated glazing market with its innovative Warm Edge range:
Owned by a North American group of building products companies, Edgetech tells us about its experience of CSTB assessment as the basis for establishing the quality of its Warm Edge products in the French insulated glazing market. This manufacturer of flexible Warm Edge spacers has been submitting its Super Spacer range of products for assessment for ten years now.
Success stories of SMEs/VSEs and consulting firms
Numerous SMEs have undergone assessment procedures with guidance from the CSTB to develop of their innovation, from idea to market, and strengthen their business project thanks to this initiative. Here are a few success stories of innovations in the sector of renewable and bio-sourced energies. In these profiles, the collaborative spirit and methodological approach played an essential role.