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The low-carbon aspect of this building is based on a replicable approach in the Center-Val-de-Loire region : the renovation of buildings that have already been partially refurbished. The carbon footprint of this type of operation is much better than a new construction and also allows to participate in the revitalization of existing places.
To continue working in a low carbon perspective, biobased materials have been widely used while remaining in reasonable cost , knowing that it is a demonstrator. The rapeseed insulation experiment is also an initiative to test a material from a short and abundant sector throughout the region. The development of this would also allow farmers to control more the selling price of their production.
This building is therefore part of a low-carbon reflection that perpetuates and energizes the socio-patrimonial landscape of the region. On the structural level, the materials used in the context of the rehabilitation serve as demonstrators: massive wood floors and ceiling , earth and insulation coatings on the walls, glass plates on the floor to see 12 solutions of bulk insulation (cork, hemp, wadding, sunflower bark, rapeseed, sunflower marrow, etc.).
Technical solutions used for the development of the site: