LCBI: a label dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of European real-estate

ZAC Cardinet à Paris

The European Union has set some ambitious targets in a bid to reduce carbon emissions from human activities, but to achieve them the real-estate sector lacked an operational, harmonised method for calculating carbon emissions over the entire life cycle of a building. The Low Carbon Building Initiative (LCBI) hence brought together several key players in the real-estate sector to draw up such a method and create a label that could be used across Europe. Kevin Thizy, who represents Artelia on the LCBI technical committee, tells us all about this new approach and label, due to be officially launched at the start of February 2024.

(Re-)balancing urban areas and nature: conclusions from a year of reflection guided by the Palladio Institute

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In the face of increasing urbanisation around the world, climate change and declining biodiversity, the question of the relationship between urban areas and nature is becoming ever more pressing. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and this rate is even higher in developed countries (80% in France). This urban growth has been synonymous with widespread land take and soil sealing, with nature driven back to dedicated zones or areas not often frequented by humans. Today, an about-turn is under way in our approach to nature, the ecosystem services it provides, and our desire as humans to have access to it.
Balancing or reconciling urban areas and nature was the theme of reflection for 2023 selected by the Palladio Foundation, a French institution dedicated to building the urban areas of tomorrow. The foundation’s auditor, Jean-Sébastian Milesi, an expert in residential buildings and mixed-use projects at Artelia, gives us an account of the rich discussions that took place.