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 Eco-neighborhood, a guarantee of quality?

The concept of eco-neighborhood, which appeared around the seventies in the Nordic countries, now has its place in the French landscape. These urban development projects, put forward during the Grenelle Environment Forum, have met with great success in the media and seem to appeal to more and more municipalities. Fashion effect or real environmental advance? To make your own opinion, this week, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the eco-neighborhoods of tomorrow.


The concept of eco-neighborhood, which appeared around the seventies in the Nordic countries, now has its place in the French landscape. These urban development projects, put forward during the Grenelle Environment Forum, have met with great success in the media and seem to appeal to more and more municipalities. Fashion effect or real environmental advance? To make your own opinion, this week, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the eco-neighborhoods of tomorrow.

What is it?

What is it?

The eco-neighborhoods are development projects, carried out in urban areas, which are organized in a logic of sustainable development. They reflect the need to reclaim the city by transforming it in an ecological way in order to obtain a quality living environment accessible to as many people as possible. Currently, this notion still seems unclear, but current projects have many common objectives.

The main principles of an eco-district.

The main principles

Environmental concerns form the core of an eco-neighborhood. Thus, everything is designed to reduce the ecological footprint of buildings and their inhabitants. When designing them, care should be taken to minimize energy consumption (with low energy buildings), while focusing on production, mainly with solar panels. Walking and cycling trips are strongly encouraged with the development of bike paths and public transport, as well as selective sorting and waste management with the installation of composters and water saving with recovery tanks. 'rainwater

Live in an eco-neighborhood.

Live in an eco-neighborhood.

An eco-district revolves around its inhabitants, who are deeply involved in civic life through debates, exhibitions, film screenings, associations or collective actions. There is a desire to mix with the mix of social, student and private housing, but also spaces accessible to people with reduced mobility. Between schools, shops, recreation, greenery and culture, eco-districts are alive and pleasant. To take advantage of these benefits, it will cost on average ten to thirty percent more than for a conventional housing of the same size. Thus, near Arras, the promoters of an eco-district planned for September 2010 have already sold more than half of the homes, at a rate of about 210,000 euros the house of ninety-one square meters with his garden.

With such rates, eco-neighborhoods seem well-off to become islands of greenery and tranquility, away from the city and reserved for a few privileged silver. It remains to be seen if the ecological and social policy initially planned will be respected.


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