Innovative green roof for Lascaux IV
The Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Lascaux IV (International Centre for Cave Art), which exhibits a reproduction of a prehistoric cave with paintings, was inaugurated in December 2016. Its green roof blends into the wooded landscape of the Dordogne region. The roof’s steep slope required an inventive design: 700 bollards hold the insulation material and vegetation in place over a roof of 7000 m2. Designed and installed by the company SNEI, which specializes in weatherproofing, this system received a Technical Experimentation Assessment (ATEx) from the CSTB.
How does the ETFE cushion canopy over Rosa Parks commuter rail station stand up to heavy rain?
The roofing of the new Rosa Parks commuter rail station on the RER E line in Paris uses ETFE-foil cushions, a light, translucent material. As part of an ATEx conducted by the CSTB, the Spanish company IASO, which specializes in fabric architecture, strengthened the soundness of this innovative system. It installed a metal cable net on the underside, which reduces the appearance of pockets of waters and ensures the stability of the supporting structure.
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.
3rd Ifop-CSTB innovation survey: environmental performance, a driver for innovation by construction VSEs and SMEs
The 3rd survey conducted by the Ifop for the CSTB among construction companies of less than 500 employees (VSE/SME) confirms the importance of innovation in the view of company directors, especially innovations that improve energy performance and reduce the environmental impact of materials.
The CSTB Info Day for VSEs, SMEs and construction professionals
The CSTB organizes an information day about its innovation support services to help companies prepare for increasingly open markets. The Info Day brings together construction professionals with partners of the Réseau National d’Accompagnement (National Support Network) and CSTB experts.
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.