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Stepping up energy transition and saving resources


Polyclinique Reims-Bézannes - Architect : Jean-Michel Jacquet

A key player in environmental transitions, Icade has positioned itself as a pioneer in sustainable development with buildings whose energy consumption, resource needs and environmental impact are controlled over time and guaranteed by rigorous certification requirements.

Olivier Wigniolle

"Icade is committed to energy transition, alongside Caisse des dépôts, with ambitious quantifiable targets regarding energy, water, waste and biodiversity".

Olivier Wigniolle, CEO
Innover pour une construction durable Pour améliorer son empreinte carbone, améliorer la qualité de l’air intérieur et développer sa politique d’achats responsables, Icade a créé un observatoire des matériaux durables et s’est imposée des critères santé et environnement dans le choix de ses matériaux (colles labellisées NF Environnement ou Ecolabel, bois labellisé FSC© ou PEFC, etc.). Icade s’est également engagée dans l’utilisation de matériaux biosourcés en devenant en 2015 le premier opérateur privé à recourir au label « Bâtiment biosourcé » sur l’opération du Parc des Closbilles, dont les structures, le bardage, les planchers, les portes et les charpentes sont en bois.  Icade met également en œuvre des analyses de cycle de vie (ACV) sur certaines opérations, telles que Thémis [lien avec le focus ci-dessous] et Twist (Paris 17e). Ces analyses ont permis de réduire les émissions de CO2 de ces opérations de 40 % par rapport à la moyenne des constructions tertiaires neuves en France, et ce sur l’ensemble du cycle de vie des bâtiments.  Pour une information complète sur la politique de responsabilité environnementale d’Icade.

For more information about our commitments and results in matters of environmental responsibility.

Taking action to fight climate change

Aware of the impact of the real estate industry on climate change, Icade is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in use by 40% and by 12% for emissions related to their construction by 2020. To achieve this goal, Icade has introduced a proactive action plan focused on:

  • improving energy equipment (LED lighting, high efficiency boilers, etc.) and renovating property assets;
  • providing incentives to building operators and tenants through energy performance contracts and “Green Lease” committees;
  • increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix;
  • using low-carbon building materials, such as wood;
  • developing partnerships with leaders in energy transition (Philips, EDF, Schneider, Veolia).

Integrating the best certification and labelling standards

Icade is continuing to certify its assets and new construction projects. 60% of its offices and business parks were HQE and/or BREEAM certified in 2016. For new development projects, Icade is aiming for HQE certification for 100% of its offices, 35% of its housing units and 75% of Icade Santé’s private hospitals.

A pioneer in new labels and certifications, Icade has played an active role in developing upcoming standards. For example, Icade participated in the pilot phase of the BBCA certification (low-carbon building) and the future “Connected Buildings and Networks” label under the HQE framework.

Developing solutions for sustainable mobility

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to its business activities and improve the occupants’ comfort, Icade is committed to developing its projects as close as possible to public transport networks. As a result, 86% of new office and residential property developments in 2016 are less than a 5-minute walk away from public transport. In addition, 100% of business parks and offices will be equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles by 2018.

Icade has increased the number of sustainable mobility projects in its business parks:

  • all-electric river shuttles and electric buses;
  • Vélib’ and Autolib’ terminals;
  • car sharing solutions and shared parking services;
  • an experimental project for an autonomous vehicle in the Rungis business park.

Promoting biodiversity to make the assets more appealing

Icade promotes nature in urban areas to reduce its impact on ecosystems and improve the well-being of citizens. Icade is committed to reducing its impact on biodiversity through specific objectives and action plans set out in a “biodiversity performance contract” in partnership with CDC Biodiversité, including sustainable management of green spaces, artificial night-time lighting that is not harmful to local wildlife, monitoring animal and plant life, etc. Icade’s Property Development Division also systematically assesses biodiversity prior to any new construction.In collaboration with CDC Biodiversité, Icade is participating in Nature 2050, a biodiversity restoration programme and a research programme with the Pierre et Marie Curie University on the environmental benefits provided by green roofs.

Spotlight on Nature 2050 programme in partnership with CDC Biodiversité

The Nature 2050 programme, created and developed by CDC Biodiversité, protects particularly vulnerable ecosystems and natural habitats. In this regard, Icade has chosen to fund efforts to restore and preserve biodiversity. For 1 sq.m of land developed by Icade’s Property Development Division for the Commercial Property Investment Division, Nature 2050 is committed to restoring and preserving 1 sq.m of natural habitat until 2050. The same commitment was made for all major development projects (with a floor area over 10,000 sq.m) of the Healthcare Property Investment Division.

Integrating the principles of a circular economy into the products and services

All of Icade’s new construction projects with HQE certification are subject to stringent requirements in terms of reducing, recovering and treating hazardous waste during the construction and operational phases. To reach its goal of recycling and recovering all operational waste by 2020, Icade has experimented with various approaches:

  • mapping and smart management solutions for operational waste;
  • setting up waste sorting units in office buildings;
  • partnering with EGIS on a waste energy recovery project, etc.

Icade has also reduced the impact of its activities on water resources:

  • raising awareness of eco-friendly gestures;
  • installing tap flow restrictors and water-saving toilet flushing systems;
  • collecting rainwater for irrigation of green spaces, etc.

In 2016, 38% of projects were developed with a rainwater collecting system.

Innovating for sustainable construction

To reduce its carbon footprint, improve indoor air quality and promote its responsible procurement policy, Icade has created a sustainable materials monitoring unit and has included health and environmental criteria in its choice of materials (Ecolabel or NF Environment label for adhesives, FSC© or PEFC labels for wood, etc.). Icade also supports the use of biosourced materials by becoming the first private property developer in 2015 to use the “Biosourced Building” label in its Parc des Closbilles development project, whose structural parts, cladding, flooring, doors and frames are made from wood.

Icade has also conducted life-cycle assessments (LCA) for some of its property developments, such as Thémis and Twist (17th district of Paris). These assessments made it possible to reduce the CO2  emissions of these development projects by 40% compared to the average for new commercial construction in France over the buildings’ entire life cycle.

Spotlight on Thémis in Paris

This development project is a model of sustainable development. With a wood and concrete structure (FSC® or PEFC label), vegetated open space, geothermal heating, optimised natural lighting and a 3-year energy performance guarantee, this project has both HQE Outstanding and BREEAM Excellent certifications, together with three labels having stringent requirements (Effinergie+, Biosourcé and BBCA-low-carbon building). The Thémis development project is the first office building to have been awarded the French government’s experimental “E+C- design phase” label designed to be a pioneering example of the future RBR 2020 (Responsible Building Regulations).

Spotlight on Courlancy Polyclinic

This building will be particularly cutting-edge concerning indoor air quality: choice of low-emitting materials, special precautions during the construction phase, measurements conducted prior to completion and water quality, that guarantee a high-quality project in health terms. In addition, special attention will be given to landscaping, rainwater management and recycling, and recovery of waste from the site. In 2016, this project received the “Reims Sustainable City” label, reinforcing the vision that Icade shares with local authorities in terms of development and green construction. This property development is also aiming for HQE Excellent certification.