Eco-design of buildings and infrastructures


Chair launched

November 2008




To provide long-term support for the implementation of eco-audit and eco-design approaches in companies with implications for public policy, the inclusion of environmental performance levels in the commissioning of buildings, and education in eco-friendly use of buildings and infrastructures. The aspiration is to create decision-making tools whose scientific credibility guarantees ideological neutrality and make them available to the different stakeholders.
The purpose of these tools is to measure and quantify the economic impacts (production costs, operating costs, commercial returns, and more broadly transfers between stakeholders) and the environmental impacts (CO2 emissions, biodiversity, water and energy consumption, etc.) of French and international projects. The Chair’s studies and research apply primarily to Europe, with a focus on France.


This Chair has three primary research priorities in eco-design, with a systemic and multidisciplinary approach:

  • Assessing the environmental quality of buildings and neighborhoods, applied equally to new fabric and urban regeneration, a major issue in Europe.
  • Analyzing the life-cycle and impacts of transport infrastructures. The objective of the Chair is to study eco-labelling strategies and innovative design models for better management of infrastructure life-cycles.
  • Managing buildings and transportation and regulating their use for optimum environmental protection. Linking urban and transportation issues is a way to achieve more effective regulation of “habitat-transportation” systems for environmental protection.