Batiactou: What are the main messages to be presented at EnerJ-meeting 2022?
Philip Nunez: This sixth edition will focus on a very ambitious theme: building and rebuilding carbon neutral. Because, frankly, we have no choice but to decarbonize our economy and our way of life. These efforts will include new construction with the 2020 environmental regulations coming into effect this year, as well as updating the existing fund.
Batiactou: With inflation in energy prices and the push to do away with fossil fuels, especially imported ones, as soon as possible, these topics take on even more weight …
Ph.N. : The topics of energy and the environment, which were traditionally raised at the EnerJ meeting, are more relevant than ever. The health crisis initially reminded us of the importance of the quality of the air we breathe. Then energy themes came to the fore.
These crises of a different nature represent new entrances, which, as often, only hasten the ongoing transitions. The lockdown has led to the use of telecommuting, reduced transport times with positive implications in terms of carbon footprint. The energy crisis will force us to move towards more local solutions, renewable energy sources and accelerate the development of new energy areas such as green gas and hydrogen. Research projects are likely to end earlier than expected. Let’s turn these crises into many opportunities to move faster and further.
“We have outstanding talent in France”
Batiactou: The EnerJ meeting is also a popular place for architects. What topics will be covered this year in practice?
Ph.N. : Many famous architects are expected to participate. But we also note the presence of maybe less well-known practitioners, but whose work is just as remarkable. For example, the low-carbon façade of France’s tallest tower, the Watts, will be presented by architect and urban planner Vincent Laverne. Or a review of the construction of “reversible” buildings by architect Patrick Rubin.
We must remember how many outstanding talents we have in France. Especially on the side of architects who bite on this topic. At the EnerJ meeting, we try to be avant-garde, highlighting the pioneers. In this regard, the presentation of the off-site reconstruction project by Rabot Dutilleul and Vilogia should also be mentioned.
Batiactou: RE2020 has just gone into effect. What will visitors hear about these rules?
Ph.N. : This year’s specialty is the design of the RE2020 label. This is a topic where the demand for information is high, as evidenced by a study we just did (1) showing that 77% of project management participants were interested in it. This is understandable because the size of new construction will expand as a result of this label, beyond energy and carbon issues. Visitors will receive complete and accurate information on this subject thanks to the intervention of, among others, Philippe Pelletier, President of the Sustainable Building Plan, in charge of its design.
Batiactou: How do you feel about updating the existing warehouse?
Ph.N. : This is the great theme of the coming years. And never before has there been so much help, condominiums for repairs, and the enthusiasm of the participants in this market. As far as energy is concerned, there is still a long way to go. By default, the carbon balance is favorable, since the building is already built, and CO2 is stored in materials and equipment. Then the circular economy and reuse becomes a problem, which was also discussed at the EnerJ meeting. Players seem to be in full agreement with this development: 81% of the people surveyed in our survey believe that the next regulation of the current system should include a “carbon” component.
Efforts should also be focused on the tertiary park. This topic will be touched upon by several players during the event, in particular through specific feedback provided by Crédit Mutuel-Arkéa and Artelia Bâtiments Durables. By coming to the EnerJ meeting, you get the most up-to-date and up-to-date information on all topics occupying the sector today.