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France invests 380 million euros in city housing renovation
December 9, 2009, 7:27 pm
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The Grenelle d’Environnement Plans of the French government have been focussing on sustainable new property development.  This is changing now. And there is a lot to gain. French houses use on average more than twice the energy than its Northern European peers. This is due to the fact that, among other reasons, for years only limited attention was paid to sustainable architecture and insulation.

The government presents now its new ambitious plans  for city housing renovation. It will invest 380 million euros to renovate existing city quartiers that risk to decline. The French government wants to upgrade existing private houses, create new social housing and renovate public places. All for the benefit of the inhabitants and the environment.

Benoist Apparue, Secrétaire d’Etat chargé du Logement et de l’Urbanisme and Jean-Francois Borloo, Minister of  Ecology precises the key objectives :

 1)  Creation of worthy and dignified houses that create safer and healthier city environments ;

2)  Bring empty houses, renovated, back on the housing market ;

3)  Fight climate change by renovating existing houses that enable to reduce energy consumption .

40 renovation sites have been selected out of 87. One of the sites is the city center of Aubervilliers. 70% of the houses in Aubervilliers have been built before 1948. In this city there are quite some spots considered to be unsafe and degradated. An action plan has been prepared of renovation works, restructuring and demolations. Quality elements of the current city architecture will be kept.

Plan of city of Aubervilliers with renovation intervention areas.

* In France it is common practice to give important projects a long and descriptive – rather unpronouncable – acronym. In this tradition, the renovation investment projects is baptised  ‘PNRQAD’. It stands for ‘Programme National de Requalifications des Quartiers Anciens Dégradés” .

Sources : 1. http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/article.php3?id_article=6474

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