Christian Charignon: " A contest to show the innovations and the evolutions of the sector"

Christian Charignon is an architect and urban planner at Tekhnê Architectes. The Groupe scolaire Simone Veil, in Bourgoin-Jallieu (France), is a GBS Awards 2015 winner, in the “Health & Comfort” category.  Tekhnê Architectes' bet was to use the big factory’s industrial area, to createa building which answers both to people’s needs and to the climatic context. The idea was to “write the architecture with environmental data and not environmental constraints”.

What kind of benefit did you get from your participation to the Green Building Solutions Awards 2015?

Applying to this contest triggered a notoriety gain for our agency in the sustainable construction field, and allowed us to promote our realization with Groupe Scolaire Simone Veil, a building that answers to both users needs and their well being, but also to its climatic context.

What were your expectations when you applied?

The goal was to highlight some of our buildings we judge exemplary in order to share our experience with the Construction21 community and, more broadly, with all the actors of sustainable environment.

How did the application process go for you?

Gathering the required data represents a certain amount of time in order to have a complete, detailed and qualitative case study. The format of the required data wasn't always simple as it's based on former thermal calculations.

How did you communicate to your network?

Our communication on Groupe Scolaire Simone Veil scholar group was mostly done by email, in order to highlight our building to the public and let people know about the issues associated to a specific environment and to the users’ comfort.

Will you participate to the 2016 edition of the contest?

We don’t plan on participating to this edition. Nevertheless, we might participate to a coming edition if we have relevant realizations to show, in order to promote the best practices in terms of sustainable construction.

Will you follow the contest this year?

We will certainly take a close look at the 2016 winners' propositions, in order to see the evolutions and innovations of the sector.

What is your use of Construction21 today?

We use Construction21 essentially to follow the sustainable construction News feed.

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