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10,000 jobs and a number of industrial gems: businesses involved in renewable energy and energy savings are becoming increasingly more heavily represented within the Alsatian economy. Detailed review prior to the upcoming Energivie Summit in Strasbourg this November.
The proximity of Germany and Switzerland and their famous Passivhaus and Minergie labels, has added a zest of sensitivity to environmental issues and allowed for a region in France to become highly active in terms of issues of energy transition: welcome to Alsace. Created in May 2010, upon the joint initiative of the Conseil Régional d’Alsace and manufacturers within the sector, the Fibre Energivie centre has become the only national focal point entirely dedicated to energy efficiency within the construction industry.
For Jean-Luc Sadorge, the Managing Director of Alsace Energivie, the objective of the centre is clear: “We want to boost innovation within the building sector. This means our aim is to act as a bridge between industrial sectors and academic institutions, in what the Germans would call “Kompetenznetze” – or a network of expertise”.
Among the industrial members of Fibres Energivie, we find a significant number of intermediate size businesses (ETIs) and Alsatian SMEs engaged in innovative and highly promising areas of renewable energy – including the control and storage of energy and research into improved insulation solutions. This long list of member companies includes
Fibres Energivie is working on the two main aspects of the energy question: first, the casing of a house (its isolation and consumption); and secondly, how to power a building using only renewable energy forms (intelligent management, storage solutions etc.). This should ensure the consumption of the least amount of energy possible – if buildings are to reach the nearly zero energy building (NZEB) status- and that energy use leads to minimal CO2 emissions: through the use of the sun, water and – what marks Alsace above all others – deep geothermal energy.
Today, Alsace Energivie has a clearly defined objective: to enter into the top 10 global centres for construction. It is hoped it can achieve this goal by, among other lines of pursuit, seeking out further projects in neighbouring Germany.