A NEW CONCEPT OF COLLECTIVE URBAN BUILT ENVIRONMENT
PROVIDING QUASI ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Among all the economic sectors, construction is by far the biggest energy consumer. Efforts to reduce its energy footprint must therefore focus on both existing buildings and new construction. At the new urban block scale, the challenge is to create a new form of built environment that guarantees energy efficiency whilst improving the residents wellbeing.
The aim here is to enable decision-makers to check that the programmed project is compatible with the requirement of energy self-sufficiency, given the site’s constraints and opportunities of the site, the levers for available action (technology, pooling resources, etc.), and the budget resources.
The “Urban Block” project sets out to define a new concept of energy self-sufficiency urban block, through an approach encompassing usage, construction methods and spatial morphology.
From the spatial standpoint, this urban block corresponds to an “element of the city” with a footprint bounded by four streets. The aim is to create a quasi energy self-sufficient basic building block unit, perfectly integrated into its district, offering a mix of activities and a wide diversity of usages within a living space that is both convivial and eco-friendly. The main source of energy savings will come from optimizing the use of built spaces, which in turn will be achieved by pooling these spaces, to a greater or lesser extent.
- Pre-programming supports software for new construction projects at the urban block scale