Peer exchange and fair energy renovation put into practice in Paris


On June 19, in Paris, local authorities and social, affordable housing providers discovered successful urban regeneration projects transforming areas in the French capital, learn about innovative technologies to upscale renovation, and meet the local experts behind the scenes who make it possible.

The study tour was organised by the European Affordable Housing Consortium in the scope of EU’s Affordable Housing Initiative and aimed at providing practical insights into the renovation of large residential housing districts. We were hosted by the social housing company Paris Habitat and focused on learning about social and affordable housing in France, the different support mechanisms and successfully implemented projects.

Download the presentations:
Présentation Paris Habitat about social housing in France
Energy efficency and renovation

Site visit #1: Glacière-Daviel residence

The Glacière-Daviel residence is a complex of 5 buildings and 765 dwellings built in the 1960s. Between 2014 and 2019, the site was fully refurbished to reduce energy consumption, improve housing quality and comfort, upgrade indoor and outdoor shared spaces, and create new dwellings to meet the growing demand for affordable housing in Paris. While the improvement of energy performance involved interventions such the insulation of external walls, basements and roof terraces and the renovation of heating systems, housing comfort works focused on restructuring of some of the dwellings and enhancing light exposure and visibility of outdoor spaces for residents.

The elevation of two floors led to the creation of 72 new apartments. To add these two additional floors, wood was used as a construction material, with contributed to improving the exterior aspect and architectural quality of the building.

The goal was to densify while improving quality of life for the existing residents. Elevators were added to serve existing and new dwellings, significantly improving accessibility for a site with a large proportion of elderly residents.

Tenants remained inside the building during the entirety of the refurbishment works, which made participation and dialogue a key element in the success of the project.

Site visit #2: Caserne de Reuilly

The Caserne de Reuilly is an exemplary project of urban regeneration, to create affordable housing in Paris’ city center, as part of the City of Paris authorities’ long-term vision of a sustainable city. Formerly owned by the Ministry of Defense, the Reuilly barracks occupied two hectares of land in the heart of Paris. As the army no longer needed them, the State decided to sell them to rationalize its real estate holdings. With the adoption of the Duflot Law in 2013, the Reuilly Barracks became part of the goal to facilitate the creation of social housing in France, and in this case, in Paris. In 2013.

As ancient military barracks, the goal of the renovation project was to preserve the architectural heritage and align with low carbon and circular housing commitments of Paris Habitat. The Caserne de Reuilly project was constituted of 8 lots, mixing new buildings construction and renovation, in a spirit of urban densification. The 39 000 m2 floorspace of the Reuilly Barracks now includes 582 dwellings including 50% social and student dwellings, 20% family and intermediary dwellings, 30% private rent-controlled dwellings, and a nursery of 66 cradles. 4000m2 of commercial premises and 5 600 m2 of green areas were also included in the project.

The project led to the creation of an entirely new neighborhood, made accessible to the public by the opening of the Barracks and the creation of new pedestrian paths. The entire transformation of the Caserne de Reuilly was thought in a spirit of circularity. Circularity has been a pillar throughout the project from the temporary occupation of the Caserne to the design of the building, the preservation of materials, the integration of reused materials on site, and the donation of additional materials which presented a reusing potential.


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