Build Green – France

Qu’est-ce qu’un habitat durable, écologique ou éco-responsable, une éco-construction ? De nombreux médias, fabricants, associations et autres acteurs de la construction en parlent au quotidien, sans vraiment le définir. Mais quelle serait alors la définition d’une telle démarche ?

Build Green, le média communautaire consacré à l’habitat écologiquement pertinent, tente, avec les professionnels du secteur de répondre, au quotidien, à cette question fondamentale.

Une vision d’ensemble de l’habitat écologique

Notre vision de l’habitat que ce soit en neuf, rénovation ou réhabilitation est avant tout une question de pertinence et de responsabilité.

 Cet habitat doit être conçu pour être plus :

  • respectueux : pour diminuer de sa conception à son usage, son impact (dont le CO2) sur l’environnement, en favorisant les ressources renouvelables
  • sain : pour réduire les produits allergènes et cancérigènes (polluants et ondes électromagnétiques) et un meilleur renouvellement d’air
  • autonome : pour tendre vers l’auto-consommation en énergie, mais aussi en eau, en alimentation et pour une meilleure gestion des déchets
  • collaboratif : pour une organisation plus participative avec son environnement social

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Tiny houses – Anywhere

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Earthships – USA

Earthship Biotecture


Architectural – By Amzi Smith – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Earthships are defined by six basic design principles, all of which take advantage of the existing natural phenomena of the earth:


Earthship Biotecture and its partner NGO Biotecture Planet Earth have been helping a lot in HAITI for poverty relief projects and disaster relief.

Eco construction School and Internship

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Citizen collectivities Summer University – France

On the agenda of these 5 days, 64 workshops, 33 modules, 11 forums and dozens of activities outside the walls. A special evening on the occasion of Attac’s 20th anniversary is being organized on campus this Thursday, August 23rd. The arrival of the Alternatiba tour and a major conference on climate change is organized at Paul Mistral Park on Friday 24 August. Finally a big festive evening, open to the public, with concerts (Sidi Wacho) and entertainment (with the presence of Youtubeur Usul) is organized Saturday 25 in the garden of the city.

Smart Home – Anywhere

“Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things.” Wikipedia

“While many benefits of a smart home include ease and accessibility, there are even more perks to enjoy. Smart home technology allows appliances to work with the least amount of energy needed. For example, induction cook-top stoves now have the intelligence to heat exclusively when a metal pan is placed on top of it. No more burners running uncovered, and no more pans being overheated. Stove tops can even manage a perfect boil while using the least amount of energy possible.” Direct Energy

“Benefits and risks of smart home technologies
• Representative national survey of prospective smart home users.
• Comparative analysis of three datasets to analyse perceived benefits and risks of smart home technologies.
• Distinctive characteristics identified of early adopters who seed market growth.
• Comparison of user perceptions with industry marketing.
• Detailed policy recommendations to support energy benefits of smart home technologies.” Science Direct

Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Smart Home Automation:

Life Cycle Assessment of Home Energy Management System
Jean-Nicolas Louis, Antonio Caló, Kauko Leiviskä, Eva Pongrácz

Get started with the smart home

“Where to start on a smart home depends on three things: your budget, time and enthusiasm. Honestly you could just buy one connected home gadget and get going with the individual brand’s app then work any additions out later. For the past five years or so that’s what plenty of people have been doing. “ The Ambient

Smart Home Buyer’s guide


It is through the pooling of financial resources and the active participation of the inhabitants that the Cooperative carries out its projects. The internal management of the buildings by the inhabitants also allows them to define a living environment closer to their aspirations.



  • Exit buildings from the speculative real estate market
  • Integrate the future-e-s-residents into construction projects
  • Hand over building management to the inhabitants
  • Guarantee the inhabitants a rent corresponding to the actual costs of the building
  • Build to high ecological standards” La Codha

The Brando Hotel – Tahiti

“We are committed to preserving and protecting the natural splendor and precious biodiversity of Tetiaroa; respecting and supporting Polynesian culture, hospitality and traditions; and achieving a negligible carbon footprint.

We will support research, education and outreach aimed at increasing the knowledge of and appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of tropical islands and their people. And we will use, encourage and support innovation to address local and global environmental and sustainability issues.

As stewards of Tetiaroa, we are committed to preserving and protecting the atoll and being a responsible member of both our local and global communities. We will deal fairly and honestly with our staff and suppliers in an atmosphere of mutual trust, accountability and reward.

We will strive to be a model for the rest of the world. We will leave Tetiaroa a better place than when we came and continually seek to enhance the lives of all those who visit.” The Brando Hotel


“Renewable Energy

At the Brando we have implemented a number of innovative programs and new technologies to help us achieve our goal of carbon neutrality:

  • Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) harnesses the cold of the ocean depths to provide low-energy, highly efficient cooling for all the buildings, reducing energy demands by almost 70%.
  • Solar energy produced from photovoltaic solar panels along the airstrip provide over half of the resort’s remaining energy needs (showing how to make typically unused space like this productive) and solar heating provides all of the resort’s hot water.
  • A coconut oil (biofuel) power station provide the other half of the resort’s energy needs. Fueled by locally produced coconut oil, this renewable power source will also support the local economy.
  • Flow-batteries for storage of energy generated from solar power are made primarily from recyclable materials and have a service life of thousands of deep discharge cycles.” The Brando Hotel

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The Darwin Project – France

“Climatic peril, collapse of biodiversity, scarcity of resources, proliferation of risks … we can leave time to decide in our place the outcome of our civilization. Or privilege action on statements, ambition on resignation. The question is no longer to be optimistic or pessimistic, but determined.The actors installed or active at DARWIN are resolutely committed to the ecological transition, in action. Our method: a “negaWatt” strategy at the site scale, combining sobriety, energy performance and use of renewable energies.

DARWIN’s ambition took shape in 2010 with the renovation of a military heritage of 10,000 m2, guided by the obsession with energy sobriety. This is reflected in particular by demanding biases such as the bioclimatic arrangement of spaces, the refusal of air conditioning, the optimization of natural lighting and a permanent attention to gray energy savings during construction.

Lined with bold design and insulation choices (steel profile frames with thermal break points, optimization of the thermal inertia of the building, bio-sourced insulation materials, etc.), the BBC rehabilitation operation proves, after 2 years of operation, particularly efficient with an annual consumption of 84 kWh / m2 / year including uses and excluding photovoltaic!

Wishing to promote renewable energies DARWIN subscribed from its creation to Enercoop, a citizen cooperative, for its 100% green electricity supply and opted for a transient gas heat production solution, which will be abandoned as soon as possible for a connection to the district heating network. in geothermal energy (once deployed by the community is in principle from 2017).

In 2015 DARWIN innovates and deploys a photovoltaic roof of 480m2 in self-consumption (100,000 kWh annual products) allowing it to make its businesses (restaurant and grocery store 100% organic) autonomous in electrical energy. DARWIN thus becomes an energy producer for the benefit of Enercoop, which will be sold the surplus production of this facility under very favorable conditions.

Beyond the overall technical approach, what distinguishes DARWIN above all other places is its constant concern to involve its users in collective ecological governance.

Jean Marc Gancille, Co-founder of Darwin.

Considering that the degree of implication of the occupants is indeed determining in any strategy of ecological transition, DARWIN has developed a new digital interface named MIUSEEC (Intelligent Metrology of Uses for Energy Sobriety and Eco-Behaviors) allowing all the occupants of the instead of measuring their contribution to the effort.

MIUSEEC makes it possible to restore in a transparent way and in real time the ecological impacts of the life on site: consumption of fluids, waste production and recycling rate, saving of water realized thanks to the recovered rain water, food consumption and part of the bio / local, evolution of the modal shares of the transport home / work, consolidated emissions of GHGs by post … This global vision of the impacts is made possible by a coupling of the interface with the GTB (central computer of the building), with a infrastructure of sensors and “manual” data feeds. Each DARWIN occupant is thus able to concretely realize his / her contribution to climate change and to start his / her own transition process thanks to the playful logics of “efforts made”.

If the technology can thus serve the “empowerment” of the occupants, DARWIN develops as a priority a “low tech” approach more compatible with its vision of the ecological challenge. Thus several actions are conducted to minimize the energy used and reduce the consumption of resources in general. All of the furniture and furnishings of the venue are produced from recovered materials (sometimes from the building’s own renovation project) and circular economy initiatives are encouraged. Inter-company travel plan, zero waste strategy (20 types of waste are collected and find a local recycling system), collaborative repair workshops, urban agriculture initiatives (permaculture, aquaponics, composting organic waste from businesses, gardening above ground …) and upcycling approaches develop in parallel with the entrepreneurial activity and hybridize know-how and economic models in the direction of a greater frugality and social bond.

Thus the sum of these devices and actions allows a relative decoupling between economic prosperity and ecological impact. Measured day by day via MIUSEEC the GHG meter shows more than honorable results:

Each Darwinian emits up to 6x less eq.CO2 (depending on the month) than an average French tertiary employee working in an equivalent building!

Jean Marc Gancille, Co-founder of Darwin.

And these good performances are contagious because almost 70% of Darwinians claim to export eco-gestures learned in the office (according to the 2nd survey wave of May 2015 on the evolution of responsible uses at DARWIN). “ Darwin Project

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