Thanks to its expertise in energy management, Bouygues Immobilier grows increasingly involved in sustainable urban planning , via several sustainable neighbourhood projects. At Bordeaux, south-west France, Bouygues Immobilier is for example developing the Ginko project, which is the 1st eco-neighbourhood in France to operate with a district heating network fully powered by renewable energies.
The same year, Bouygues Immobilier delivers Green Office® Meudon, just south of Paris, which is leased to Steria and sold to Scor. This is France's 1st large-scale positive-energy office building. It comes with the 1st Energy Performance Contract (EPC) signed with a number of private companies, which guarantees full control over a building's operating costs over the long term.
At Issy-les-Moulineaux, just south of Paris, Bouygues Immobilier participates in the creation of IssyGrid®, the 1st district smartgrid project in France. Developed in partnership with the Municipality of Issy-les-Moulineaux and 9 major industrial partners, this smart grid project uses information technology to optimise the production and distribution of electricity for an entire neighbourhood.
In line with its commitment to reduce its direct carbon dioxide emissions, Bouygues Immobilier carries out the 1st complete carbon balance of its activity. The balance covers all the activities of the head office, of its regional branches and of its office and residential property worksites.
Furthermore, Bouygues Immobilier is aiming to become a player committed to developing sustainable communities : via its UrbanEra® programme, Bouygues Immobilier aims to help local authorities with their sustainable urban planning projects. For example, in Lyon, Bouygues Immobilier is participating in the Hikari mixed use area project : this is a district self-sufficient in energy thanks to the pooling of both energy production and consumption.
Via its Corporate Foundation, Bouygues Immobilier supports the charity l’Association pour le droit à l’initiative économique (Adie), which specialises in microcredit for people who have difficulty accessing the labour market and banking system. In this initial year, Bouygues Immobilier supported 5 micro-businesses located close to Ginko , the future eco-neighbourhood at Bordeaux Lake, and five others in Marseille, as a direct extension of the Valnaturéal eco-neighbourhood.
The Bouygues Immobilier Corporate Foundation is bolstering its support for the Mediaterre project run by Unis-Cité. It is continuing its action in Nantes and Lille and aims to extend it to three other cities in France: Grenoble, Marseille and Bordeaux.
On 8 April, Bouygues Immobilier organises its 1st Solid’R day event, co-ordinated with the charity Unis-Cité . In total, 82% of employees signed up for this 1st edition, making it the largest corporate community action day in France.