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2021 - Week 49
Construction companies experience solid growth but face new risks in post-Covid
Study / Review / Report
The global construction market is expected to experience a continued period of strong post-Covid growth, supported by public spending on infrastructure and the transition to a net zero emissions society. Read more
Construction materials activity in 2021 close to pre-crisis levels
Study / Assessment / Report by UNICEM
Alain Boisselon, president of the National Union of Quarry and Construction Materials Industries (UNICEM), took stock of the construction materials activity over the last 10 months. Read more
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The building hopes to return to its pre-crisis level of activity in 2022
Study / Assessment / Report by FFB
During its end-of-year press conference, the main building federation announced plans to return the sector to normal for 2022, if, however, the health situation does not worsen. Read more
Construction turns to predictive analytics to improve project outcomes
Study / Review / Report
New Oracle Global Survey Finds Organizations Are Focusing On Unifying Data - And Making Better Use Of It - To Improve The Performance Of Their Projects And Operations. Read more
The French and their real estate agents: a lasting reconciliation
Study / Review / Report
Five years ago, the ALUR law came into force in particular to professionalize and supervise the real estate professions, thus marking the beginnings of a real revolution. Read more
Hydrogen, a miracle solution for a carbon-free ecological transition?
Study / Review / Report
The French Energy Council brought together key energy players for the seminar “The role of hydrogen in the energy transition” organized a few days ago in Paris. Read more
In France, towards 6,7% growth in 2021 but renewed uncertainty linked to Omicron
Growth in France will be 6,7% this year, the highest in more than half a century after the historic 8% recession in 2020 due to the coronavirus, announced the governor of the Banque de France, while making state of renewed uncertainty linked to the appearance of the Omicron variant. Read more
One in three SME bosses plans a general wage hike in 2022
One in three VSE or SME managers (34%) consider "a general increase in wages" in their company at the start of 2022 but 36% do not foresee it, the others having not yet made their decision, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the Confederation of SMEs (CPME). Read more
Green light from deputies to perpetuate the SRU system, with adjustments
The deputies gave the green light on Thursday to a perpetuation of the SRU device which requires certain municipalities to have a minimum number of social housing, and voted for adjustments, in particular on possible exemptions. Read more
Energy audit for the sale of energy-inefficient houses postponed
The obligation for owners of energy-inefficient houses to carry out an energy audit in the event of a sale will be postponed and will be implemented in 2022, so that professionals are numerous and trained, the Ministry of Housing said Thursday. Read more
The Minister of Labor announces checks to verify the extension of teleworking
Labor Minister Élisabeth Borne announced on Tuesday that checks would be carried out "next week" in companies to verify whether the extension of teleworking "to two to three days" per week to limit the spread of Covid-19 is "well implemented". Read more
The OPPBTP maintains its health recommendations in the face of the 5th wave of Covid-19
Prevention / Security by OPPBTP
On December 6, Prime Minister Jean Castex presented a number of measures and recommendations to counter the 5th wave of Covid-19 which is sweeping over France. Indeed, new contaminations reach nearly 50.000 cases per day, more than the peak of the 3rd wave. Read more
First contract for the direct sale of green electricity to multiple customers
Renewable energy
Eleven companies have signed a 20-year green electricity direct purchase contract with producer Voltalia, the very first multi-buyer direct sales contract, which will allow the construction of a photovoltaic plant in Occitanie, announced the initiators, Voltalia and the LCL bank. Read more
Sereine Systèmes: an innovative application to assess the performance of energy systems upon acceptance of works
Mobile app
Developed as part of the PROFEEL program, the SEREINE Systèmes mobile application which assesses the energy performance of a building's systems will be downloadable from the end of 2021. Read more
Results of the French Prize for Women Architects
Contest / Prize / Trophy
The ARVHA, Association for Research on Towns and Housing, launched in 2021 the ninth edition of the “Prize for Women Architects” with the support of the Ile de France Region, the National Council of the Order of Architects, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal and the City of Paris. Read more
The winners of the Paysalia Innovations Awards 2021
Contest / Prize / Trophy
On Tuesday, November 30, the Paysalia Innovations Awards were awarded at the Paysalia trade fair. Organized by Unep, these trophies reward innovative products and technologies devised by landscape professionals to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. Read more
Manufacturers and Distributors
2021, “Open House” year for remote access control
Expert opinion by SimonsVoss
Jean-Philippe Vuylsteke, President of SimonsVoss Technologies France gives us his expertise on the advent of smart locks, home automation surveillance and wireless systems which have completely redefined the landscape of traditional locking systems. Read more
SYNAD once again warns of supply difficulties and rising raw material costs
Organization News
SYNAD had already sounded the alarm bells in spring 2021. Eight months later, the situation worsened further: SYNAD members are facing very strong tensions over their raw material supplies or even disruption. Read more
The GSCM Group strengthens its positions in modular reusable buildings with the acquisition of Deltamod
News Manufacturer by Deltamod
A few weeks after the acquisition of the Daudin group, specialist in the manufacture of mobile life bases, the GSCM group ("Groupe Solfab Constructions Modulaires"), supported by Equistone, finalizes the acquisition of the company Deltamod, specialist in reusable modular buildings . Read more
Saint-Gobain acquires the American GCP Applied Technologies for 2 billion euros
News Manufacturer
The French construction materials group Saint-Gobain announced in a press release that it had reached an agreement to acquire the American GCP Applied Technologies, specializing in construction chemicals, for an amount of 2 billion euros. Read more
Elcia, a Batigital partner to support Carpentry, Store and Closure professionals in their digitalization
Developer News by Elcia
As a leader in the specialized Carpentry, Store and Closure software edition, it is only natural that ELCIA got involved with BATIGITAL. Read more
The future Arena Porte Chapelle is already inspiring!
"I can't wait as an athlete but also a resident of Paris!" Multisports, accessible, open to neighborhood clubs ... D-1000 before the Paralympic Games, focus on the future Arena Porte de la Chapelle! Read more
NuwardTM, EDF's SMR solution to build a low-carbon world
Video by EDF
Via the NuwardTM project bringing together EDF, CEA, TechnicAtome and Naval Group, EDF aims to offer an SMR for export: a small-power and modular reactor in order to meet market demand in the next decade, and this in addition to its high power reactor offer. Read more
The opinion of a Point.P craftsman on Alpha Vinyl tiles and planks from Quickstep
Discover the opinion of a craftsman partner on ALPHA VINYL Slabs and Blades from Quickstep. Read more
Simfocor by Recticel: calm when you want
Video by Recticel Insulation
Simfocor by Recticel is the sound insulation solution to enjoy a noise-insulated interior space. Read more
Windows for flat roofs type F
Video by fakro
The flat roof window with flat glass brings in as much light as possible into a room, with adequate ventilation possibilities. These windows have excellent thermal insulation qualities. Read more
Site solutions: Automatic welding machine for waterproofing work
Video by OPPBTP
For its waterproofing work on roof terraces carried out with a PVC membrane, the company Gecape, located in Clermont, in the Oise, has opted for a welding machine to replace its manual welders. Among the benefits obtained, a strong reduction in the risk of MSDs. Read more
Portrait: Émilie, fiber optic splicer
We followed Émilie, who has been practicing this profession for 2 years, so that she explains to us what it consists of. “Frankly, we have to get started. It's awesome ! " Read more
Pairing a Céliane Self-e wireless roller shutter control without battery Legrand
Video by Legrand
What if you could easily control the electric roller shutters in your home, with wireless Legrand battery-less controls? Find out in this Legrand tutorial how to pair a Céliane Self-e roller shutter control. Read more
Products and Materials
What drainage solutions for sports floors?
Advertising-editorial by ATE
You maintain sports floors and want to drain your very wet soils to get rid of excess water. In a context of significant climate change, ATE supports you and offers you effective solutions. Read more
M-CUBE machines: the winning trio
New product by Wuerth France
Würth France offers a set of 3 Li-Ion 18 V M-CUBE® machines: the compact ABS 18 screwdriver, the Ø 125 mm AWS 18-125-P compact angle grinder and the compact ABH 18 hammer drill, accompanied by 3 4 Ah batteries and a charger. Read more
Vetrospace, closed workspaces guaranteeing clean indoor air without viruses
New product
Vetrospace®, a new generation of Finnish closed workspaces, have just been launched in France. In addition to a serene atmosphere, thanks to comfortable acoustics and light, the exclusivity of Vetrospace® is to guarantee clean air, without bacteria and viruses! Read more
New Polystyecot tunnel box from TBS Pro
New range by TBS Pro
On the new construction market, tunnel boxes represent 61% of shutters installed in single-family homes. 71% of them are purchased by craftsmen and CMistes via the traders and half are pre-equipped with a roller shutter. Read more
Hager expands its wall switchgear offering with a new illuminated 1930 rotary switch
Range evolution by Hager
Hager completes its range of "1930" rotary switches with a luminous version. Equipped with a pilot or indicator light, this new version adds a touch, both original and useful, to this iconic range inspired by the Bauhaus movement. Read more
Projects and Achievements
Green light for the 20-meter elevation of the Montparnasse Tower
The Paris administrative court has given the green light to the private project to renovate the Montparnasse Tower, approved in 2019 by the City and which provides for an elevation of 20 meters with the addition of an agricultural greenhouse at its top. Read more
In Barcelona, ​​Faulí in Gaudí's footsteps to complete the Sagrada Familia
Construction site
Seventh chief architect of the Sagrada Familia, Jordi Faulí has ​​long been considered the man who would complete Antoni Gaudí's iconic work in Barcelona. But the pandemic has again thwarted the plans for this extraordinary project, which has been underway for nearly 140 years. Read more
Rehabilitation of the Customs town in Mons-en-Barœul (59)
Realization by Myral
For the thermal and aesthetic rehabilitation of the Customs City of Mons-en-Barœul, a municipality in the Lille metropolitan area (North - 59), the AMO Sorec, owner of this project, chose the solutions of ITE Myral M32 and M62. Read more
Renovation of the Bellevue School Group in Polisot (10)
Realization by Myral
The Bellevue School Group is an elementary-level public school, located in the town of Polisot, in the Aube department, in the Grand Est region. Read more
Hellio helps finance the 1st European biobased energy renovation of passive performance
Realization by Hellio
First comprehensive European renovation certified Minergie P partly financed by Hellio. A little over a year after the creation of the Coup de Pouce Rénovation Performante, which came into force on October 12, 2020, here is concrete proof that this financial system works and encourages households to engage in ambitious work. Read more
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