“The three challenges of building materials” newsletter – March 2021

Reducing the use of non-renewable resources and CO2 emissions, limiting emissions of toxic compounds, facilitating recycling: discover in our new newsletter the driving forces behind the transformation of building materials.

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— Analysis
Bio-based, smart, recyclable: the three mutations of construction materials

After being hit with the health and environmental crises, construction materials are experiencing a metamorphosis. From simple solutions to the most high-tech, the sector is buzzing.

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— Projection
Multiple solutions for reusing and recycling construction materials

Faced with the climate emergency and resource scarcity, the world of construction materials continues its quest for circularity.

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— Opinion
What role do materials (really) play in a building life-cycle assessment?

With the RE2020 currently being finalized, regulation is putting emphasis on bio-based materials in construction. Is it at the risk of forgetting energy efficiency and overlooking innovative materials in other industries? We delve deeper into the topic with Bruno Peuportier, research director at the VINCI ParisTech Environment Research Lab, and Jean-François Dhôte, research director at the UMR INRAE-ONF Biofora research lab.

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #29

Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana have developed an innovative solution which features sensors that rapidly measure concrete strength and maturity once laid down on site. Vestas invests in bio-composites specialists Modvion, to reduce its wind turbines’ carbon footprint. WeMaintain acquires Shokly and its fire detection solution.

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— Trends
Innovation, circularity, diversification: reinventing materials

Innovative solutions, advances in recycling, and the impact of regulation on the building materials “mix”: these are all the subject of numerous reports, studies and summaries.

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #30

In Denmark, pre-fabricated modular façade panels of REBUS project coming to energy renovation’s rescue. Innovyze, specialist in predictive hydraulic modelling solutions, is acquired by Autodesk for $1 billion. Skydio raises $170 million for enterprise drones.

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The VINCI Group created Leonard to tackle the challenges posed by the transformation of regions and lifestyles. Our goal is to unite a community of key stakeholders in order to build the city of the future together.