The 2020 environmental regulations are welcome because, after transport, construction is the sector emitting the most carbon (more than 25% nationally in 2019 *). However, it will radically transform several industrial sectors. So many challenges to take up and opportunities for those involved in the building industry.
A little reminder in the preamble: more ambitious than RT2012, RE2020 aims to reduce the carbon consumption of buildings as soon as they are constructed, which represents, for a high-performance new building, from 60% to 90% of its total carbon impact *. It will force builders, architects and building craftsmen to use materials with a low carbon impact such as bio-based. Through these new requirements, it is a profound transformation of the way of building which is underway and which will mobilize the entire building industry during the months and years to come.
The RE2020 also allows us to re-register in a “longer” time. Like Colbert, who planted forests to build the ships needed by the kings of France in the following century, we are committed today to meeting the challenges of tomorrow and the needs of the generations after tomorrow.
Biobased, a major opportunity for France
True “carbon sinks” that absorb and store CO2, biobased materials are therefore in the spotlight with the new standard. But RE2020 is cringe because several sectors will have to reinvent themselves.
However, this is a major opportunity for France! We have significant bio-based resources, we have the necessary raw material thanks to strong agricultural and forestry sectors.
And above all, in France we have very good researchers who are innovating in plant chemistry. They are developing bio-based alternatives (partially or in full) to synthetic materials, petroleum-based or cement in order to meet the challenge and develop products compatible with the environment without compromising on their performance.
Of course, there is work. We cannot make this transition to biobased without taking the necessary time. Our role is to provide industrial construction groups with technological solutions and new materials compatible with RE2020, at equal performance, so that they continue to do their work with a low carbon footprint. The materials are already partly available (this is the case with our 100% bio-based resin for composite wood panels) and we are working to invent new ones that are just as effective.
It’s time to act, join the movement!
Yes, it is true that the materials will no longer be quite the same and there will be an additional cost with bio-based materials, but we must act in favor of the planet today, and take into account the fact that the cost will be much more important in the long term if we do not act today.
The most important thing for us is to succeed in mobilizing the whole chain. We therefore call on all stakeholders in the sector – architects, craftsmen, industrial groups – to be engines of change, because contributing to a better world is everyone’s responsibility. Together, we will be able to create fully eco-designed, sustainable, locally sourced, formaldehyde-free solutions (therefore better for health) and without compromising on their performance, design or functionality. Because as with RE2020, the objective is to act today to be proud to bequeath this world to future generations.