- Building Type : Terraced Individual housing
- Construction Year : 1990
- Delivery year : 2022
- Address 1 - street : Impasse des Châlets 32160 PLAISANCE, France
- Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.
- Net Floor Area : 30 m2
- Construction/refurbishment cost : 3 000 €
- Cost/m2 : 100 €/m2
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The Arros campsite is a tourist accommodation located in Plaisance, in the Gers department. It is a place to which the mayor is attached, because it is the only attractive place to bring French and foreign tourists, and thus to promote the village and its region (Marciac festival, vineyards, Pyrenees, etc. ). Plaisance celebrates its 700th anniversary in 2022.
The campsite is located on the banks of the Arros, a river whose name means "to flow". This river flows calmly and peacefully most of the time, allowing vacationers to enjoy its wooded meanders. But the Arros is capricious: located near the Pyrenees, floods can happen. And in these cases, the campsite and its year-round residents are faced with this hazard. In addition, most year-round residents are elderly, not necessarily having time to prepare for unexpected floods.
The owner of Cottages du Lac has experienced many floods since 2011, about twenty. In 2021, an article appears in the local press, indicating that he will no longer have Civil Liability insurance very soon. He hasn't had comprehensive insurance for a long time. It was then that contact was established between FloodFrame and the campsite, which was looking for solutions to protect itself.
The alternatives for the owner are:
- move house (1.5 million euros, a too expensive project, spread over 3 years);
- wait about 10 years for a dyke to be built (8 to 10 million euros of public money);
- protect themselves individually (~ €300,000, project over 3 months).
FloodFrame and the owner of the campsite therefore imagine a new product, taking into account all the specificities of outdoor accommodation. This project was even rewarded with a SETT D'OR , at the largest European trade show. The 1st version is deployed on a mobile home in October 2021, and the campsite maintains its Civil Liability insurance. The 2nd version, developed subsequently and with a new design, is deployed on the Cottages du Lac in May 2022. Thanks to this solution, the campsite has received a multi-risk insurance offer.
The 2nd version of the product, deployed at the Cottages du Lac and installed on the outskirts, provides automatic, permanent and invisible protection.
Building users opinion
The owner of Cottages du Lac is very positive about the process and the results. He can be contacted: Yan LEPINEUX, Arros campsite in Plaisance (32).
He took charge of his own safety, not waiting for the community to do it for him. He sought to innovate. His awareness of risk is very interesting. The public authorities are pushing for this, so that people at risk are actors of their own safety.
He is very satisfied with the project. We have innovated, in a short time. We successfully deployed a new technology. This can be duplicated in many other scenarios (companies, critical infrastructures, heritage buildings).
Finally, the occupant is an elderly and fragile person, who required a lot of attention. This cottage is the first flooded, less than 5 meters from the water. The campsite knows that it will no longer have to bear the material costs in the event of a flood. He is now looking to protect the entire complex (13 chalets), allowing him to work on longer-term solutions (moving for example), which will take 10 years, and are only possible if the company manages to survive and secure their income.
His protection will save him the cost of repairing a flood, for which he is not insured.
Recently he has just received an insurance proposal, still expensive but for years the insurance companies refused it.
If you had to do it again?
We would do it differently. We encountered several unexpected elements, in particular the evacuations and the electrical networks (grounding). We have adapted the distances to avoid them. Lastly, it took us 7 days to install, which is too long for the locals. We have already identified another construction process to reduce it to 5 days.
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Yan LEPINEUX and FloodFrame.
InvestorREGION OCCITANIE Marie-Pierre CIRYCI LAVERNI Supports FloodFrame innovation with an Innovation Contract.
CompanyGAROUSSIA Nicolas GAROUSSIA
Public Private Partnership
- 300,00 m2
- 10,00 %
- 2 000,00
- Flooding/Slow flood
- Flooding/Fast Recession
FLOODFRAME is a flood protection system. Intended for any type of building, it creates buried peripheral protection, ensuring sealing below and above ground (foundations and walls) and of the entire building.
FloodFrame is invisible. It fits perfectly into its environment. There are several finishes. The one implemented at the Cottage du Lac is made of PVC matching the other construction elements (gutters for example). There are wood finishes, tiles, etc.
The client is very satisfied to have this type of solution at his disposal. The building would not be well protected by a cofferdam.
The tenant, an elderly person who lives year-round, was distressed at every flood condition. He is reassured for these goods and personal effects.
Construction and exploitation costs
- 300 €
- 3 000 €
- 2 500 €
Reproductibility and Innovation
- any existing building in a flood zone: thanks to its rigid (straight sections) and flexible (corner) float design, the system will perfectly match the shape of any building, including appendages (terraces, bow window, etc.). It even has a vertical rise to protect adjoining buildings.
- critical infrastructure (electricity, telecoms, etc.): these resources are essential in the event of flooding and suffer significant damage due to the cost of technical equipment.
- heritage building: FloodFrame, by hiding in the ground, is one of the only systems that respects the construction code for cultural, historical buildings, etc. We even have an R&D project under construction with the CSTB and museums such as Le Louvre or Les Abattoirs (Toulouse).
Life Cycle Analysis
Reasons for participating in the competition(s)
The Cottages du Lac are regularly subject to overflow flooding , around 20 times between 2011 and 2022 according to the owner.
Everything has been tried: rebuilt, bought, renovated, ditches have been raised. Despite this, the water still finds its way to the building, most recently in 2018. The heights are from a few centimeters to 30 cm.
After having tested FloodFrame on the mobile home part in 2021, the owner wished to acquire a fixed and buried system for the Cottages du Lac, in order to eliminate the material consequences of water on this building inhabited all year round .
It is the first deployment of the new FloodFrame technology in France. This solution aims to prevent water from entering the cottage, to avoid the deterioration of the building and materials, to eliminate renovation costs after flooding, to cleaning the interior and the terrace.