Bouygues Immobilier has chosen the regional economic hub of Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France, as the site for Vert Eden, one of its first positive-energy residential complexes.
A harmonious mixture of colours and materials, with wood finishing and ochre rendering, Vert Eden blends perfectly into its tree-planted and landscaped environment. Designed by the architects AT2A, the 36-apartment complex is emblematic of Bouygues Immobilier's know-how: it has BBC low-energy certification and produces more energy than it consumes, using renewable energies.
Vert Eden is one of Bouygues Immobilier's first positive-energy buildings, producing more energy than it consumes due in particular to the use of photovoltaic panels to produce hot water. In this respect, Vert Eden anticipates the thermal regulations that will come into effect in 2020.
Within Vert Eden, everything has been designed to encourage controlled energy consumption, including solar panels to produce domestic hot water (with a supplementary shared condensing boiler) and super-efficient thermal insulation.
Vert Eden thus enables residents to benefit from a significant reduction in their charges. In addition, the electricity produced by its photovoltaic panels can be sold to ERDF, the electricity utility, to the direct benefit of residents.
Close to the centre of Aix-en-Provence, Vert Eden benefits from all the appeal of a city that is also an international business centre. One of the 20 largest university cities in France, Aix-en-Provence is also a prime tourist destination and cultural centre with a particularly rich architectural heritage. The Vert Eden residence is located not far from amenities including a shopping centre, banks, a newsagent, a pharmacy and a service station. It is also well-served in terms of transport, since it is just a few minutes from the motorway, 15 minutes from the TGV high-speed railway station and 25 minutes from the airport.