Certification NF HQE™ Tertiary Buildings performance level EXCELLENT
Since April 2018, the Maison des S
ciences de l’Environnement has welcomed about a hundred researchers seeking to boost their role as major players in environmental research. With a building of 3,800 m² built on five levels on the UPEC Campus Centre, they have the ideal tool for their research. This new facility forms a coherent hub for large-scale environmental research on the topics of Air, Water and Soil, with state-of-the-art experimental platforms for spectroscopy, mineral analysis, organic analysis and microbiology. In addition, the UPEC Maison des Sciences et de l’Environnement is creating a new training and research centre for students and companies; it is ultimately involved in shedding light on the contribution of science to the societal debate on environmental and territorial issues. Just as the disciplines brought together in this project analyse the constitution of the environment using scientific tools and methods, the architecture here proposes an innovative conception of the environment it fashions. Substance and form come together around a common concern: the environment. The compact architecture limits its footprint and, in all seasons, the shadows cast on the surrounding areas. The spaces help to create a pleasant, dynamic research environment that encourages communication and encounters. The façades play a major part in achieving a high level of environmental quality confirmed by the HQE excellent tertiary certification. The research carried out uses rare levels of performance, such as laboratories with “clean room” conditions in a controlled atmosphere and equipped with special fluids and safety devices and completely separate, anti-vibration areas structured for electron microscopes, etc. The quality of the reception area is highlighted by the generous entrance hall and the fluidity of the passages between the laboratories and the offices. The coordinated initiative between architects and engineers gives the project its formal outcome, seeking the exemplary nature of a responsible, environmentally-friendly approach which is at the heart of the subject and the issues here.
A NEW TOOL AVAILABLE FOR ENGINEERING EFFICIENCY
This first BIM building has laid the first milestones of this new method of representation that is now standard for all AIA Life Designers projects. The same mock-up has been constructed jointly by architects and engineers, thereby bringing synthesis work forward. Every engineering specialist has been challenged by systems that are complex to integrate:
– the structure was able to make the first level floor separate
– aeraulics have created pressure cascades for rooms with very low dust levels
– electricity has taken care of both high and low voltages to ensure the safety and security of the installations
– lastly, economics made it possible to respect the envelope allocated to the project.
THE ENVIRONMENT : AT THE HEART OF THE SUBJECT
The project’s strong environmental points:
– installation of hybrid ventilation in summer (natural intake/mechanical exhaust) in the offices for optimised summer comfort (thanks to night ventilation)
– efficient, customised solar protection strategy following the orientation with expanded metal blinds controlled by the BMS and a weather station
– efficient BMS for optimised, smart management of technical systems
The building certified with Excellent performance level under NF HQETM Tertiary Buildings features a bioclimatic design, taking advantage of prevailing winds favouring natural ventilation as well as night-time ventilation of the offices, heating by an urban collective network supplied by 30% biomass, as well as a high level of exterior insulation.
ClientIle-de-France Region on behalf of the Université de Paris Est Créteil
Main ContractorsArchitect : AIA Architectes
All building trades engineering + Economics : AIA Ingénierie
Environmental expertise : AIA Environnement
ProgrammeScientific laboratories, lecture halls, 200-seat amphitheatre
Surface(s)3,831 m² total net surface area
CostAmount of works
Delivery: August 2017