Public works and construction

Public works and construction


The construction sector alone accounts for 43% of France’s energy consumption. It is also responsible for 23% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Joining the global drive to reduce its carbon footprint and consume less energy, France has set itself ambitious targets for 2030. 


The challenges facing the sector


To drive its transformation, this sector is particularly dependent on product innovation. Examples include smart buildings, smart grids and solar roads. But a number of major challenges remain: 

  • Undertake energy-efficient home renovations. 
  • Favour the use of sustainable materials for construction. 
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (-40% between 1990 and 2030) and energy consumption in buildings (-50% by 2050 compared with the 2012 baseline).

Technological issues


The new RE2020 regulations, which come into force on 1 January 2022, redefine the criteria and obligations to be met in terms of environmental constraints: The carbon content of a building must be taken into account and assessed at all stages of its life cycle, from construction to operation and decommissioning. This new approach affects the choice of materials. 


Downstream, it should also be noted that the construction market is changing, with an increased demand for renovating buildings, to which builders who have traditionally focused on new construction programmes need to respond. 

Multiple areas of innovation 




The industry is investing in the development of new formulations with enhanced properties in terms of durability, water savings, carbon impact and ease of application. 




It has a wide range of applications, including accelerated construction of emergency housing, original and creative architecture, and low-cost mass production. 




Applied to the sector, it enables the creation of 3D models using BIM (Building Information Modeling) and the optimisation of building energy consumption by analysing data in real time. 




New structural materials such as wood are being tested as alternatives to concrete. 


Our Public works and construction expert

The experts at ABGi combine for you a deep knowledge of the industry, a forward-looking vision of the market and a thorough analysis of all the available opportunities.



Mathieu EVESQUE, Scientific expert

PHELMA engineer.

Mathieu is a member of our Expert Community.



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