Bouygues Immobilier is a leading private property developer in France and Europe, with 1,908 employees at 31 December 2017 and sales of €2,712 million in 2017. With 39 branches in France and four outside France, Bouygues Immobilier has nearly 60 years' experience in developing residential, corporate and commercial projects in more than 250 towns and cities. Bouygues Immobilier has a strong commitment to innovation and sustainable development and therefore seeks to provide better quality of life over the long term for all its customers by making their experience of the buying process and the use they make of the living spaces and services created for them as pleasant as possible. Bouygues Immobilier is the first developer to be certified ISO 9001 in France, NF Habitat HQE, and Top Employer France 2017, and to win the 2016 prize for the best customer relations awarded by the French Customer Relations Association (AFRC).
The 33-unit apartment block is a first in the Paris region. 10 years before new thermal regulations come into effect, the building already produces more energy than it consumes.
Thanks to cutting-edge design, superior insulation and energy efficiency features including a powerpipe system, a gas-absorption heat pump and low-temperature underfloor heating, the building consumes very little energy: only 42.4 kWhpe/m²/year, compared with the requirement of 50 kWhpe/m²/year under the prevailing 2012 regulations.
The 245 m² of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof produce 43.7 kWhpe/m²/year, 3% more than the building consumes. The co-owners should raise €5,300 a year from selling the electricity produced to power utility EDF, representing around 7% of the building's annual operating budget.
The apartments were marketed at an average price of €4,175/m², parking space included. When the apartments went on sale, residents and people working in Montreuil were given priority for a 3-month period. The sale was then opened to all buyers, at regulated prices.
As well as being more accessible to home buyers, the apartments are also cheaper to run, since they come with a range of home automation features. All the apartments have an online touchscreen which can be remote-controlled from a smartphone, allowing occupants to monitor and control their heating, electricity and water consumption.
But energy efficiency does not preclude high-quality architecture or comfort. Particular attention has been paid to the building's envelope, which has a timber façade and a golden metal grid. Thanks to astute design using exterior passageways, the double-exposure apartments are light and airy, with garden views. Some even have their own garden.
Designed by Germak Architectures in tandem with engineering consultants Cardonnel, L'Avance is
Bouygues Immobilier's first positive-energy residential development in the Paris region. A first such project called Vert Eden, in Aix-en-Provence, was delivered in 2012, while another operation of this type was launched in Nanterre this year. On the commercial side, Bouygues Immobilier already handed over
Green Office® Meudon to Steria in 2010. Ten more Green Office® positive-energy commercial buildings are under construction, at Nanterre and Rueil-Malmaison in the Paris area as well as in Bordeaux and Lyon.