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Eco-Construction Projects Slated to Continue into 2017, in Paris and Nearby Suburbs


Wooden construction has numerous benefits, both aesthetic and ecological. No wonder it’s playing a bigger role in urban planning, with numerous projects started in 2016. A huge office block in the 13th arrondissement is to be completed by early 2017. 

Shunned in the modern era for its association with fire hazards, the use of wood in construction is making a comeback. This year, a number of projects have been proposed, announced and begun, with several conferences focused on the theme. Stephane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, has long called for a mass program of wooden building construction. Some notable buildings and events have happened this year or will soon in 2017.

Of note is a 6,000m2 office building in the 13th arrondissement, by the Porte D’Ivry – named ‘Opalia – Bedier Est’. Started earlier this year, it will be completed by the second quarter of 2017. The construction combines metal, concrete and wood, for the structure, core and facade, respectively.

On the 8th of December, the CNDB – National Committee for Wood Development –  will be convened in Pajol in Paris (18th arrondissement), itself the site of a very notable wooden office and residential building. April and May 2017 will see the International Wooden Construction Forum in Epinal and Nancy, coinciding with the French presidential election.

And only recently, in October, Adivbois – the Association for the Development of Wooden Residential Buildings – presented 36 pipeline and ongoing projects of wooden construction across 23 municipalities of France. That followed a conference in May of this year, when Paris authorities announced 22 new construction projects. Of these, seven include wood in a major role in the construction, and a further five with wood as the primary construction material for both the facade and structure.

One of the projects in the pipeline is the ‘Edison Lite’ residential building, pictured above. Architects include Jacques Ferrier Architectures, Chartier Dalix Architectes and SLA Paysagistes, with BNP Paribas in charge of land development. Another is the 140-unit social housing complex in Ris-Orangis, which developers claim is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Forecasters expect wood to play an ever-increasing role in construction projects of the near future. To further make its mark, the wood construction lobby will have to improve its strategies for landing those deals, as the steel and concrete industries are currently much better at negotiating contracts with city authorities.

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