Sustainable building and the environment
The construction sector is a major component in the economic fabric of the Province of Namur. The challenge lies in the BEP’s wish to reconcile construction and respect for the environment, as well as promoting short circuits.
The Ecolys® park has been designed and laid out entirely with a view to welcoming:
- businesses that operate in the field of green building and sustainable development;
- ordinary businesses that adopt an environmentally friendly approach to management and demonstrate a real commitment to sustainable development (energy, mobility, waste, etc.);
- companies specialising in activities and training for those involved in green building, and demonstrations of the most innovative green building techniques.
The park also aims to attain ISO 14001 certification which imposes stringent standards in terms of efficient management and impact reduction. A number of well-known businesses and organisations are already established there, including Mondelez, Analis, the Red Cross, the RTBF (French-speaking public broadcaster) and numerous SMEs. The businesses established in the Ecolys® park are together considering ways of pooling equipment services, improving the implementation of sustainable development, etc. So choosing Ecolys® means choosing to become integrated into a coherent and committed space.
The BEP is involved in various sustainable construction, green building and environmental projects.
The European Regain project, initiated by the BEP with Belgian, French, Italian and English partners, aims to encourage investors to construct or renovate high energy performance industrial buildings. In this way, the BEP has acquired new skills in passive architecture and sustainable construction which it places at the service of businesses.
The BatiD2 project is based on collaboration among five Belgian and French organisations that have pooled their networks, practices and knowledge of wood construction, a sector that is particularly active in Belgium and France.
The BEP provides businesses that so wish with coaches specially trained to promote short circuits in the field of biomass and renewable energies. They will help you with permit applications, ground survey follow-up or ground pollution management. The BEP goes even further, also providing customised support with waste management (internal logistics or recommended recovery networks).
Moreover, the BEP encourages businesses to embark upon a strategic process of environmental management:
- efficient operating waste management,
- environmental audit,
- introduction of an environmental management system (ISO 14001 – EMAS),
- identification of avenues for innovation in sustainable development,
- implementation of sustainable in-company development actions.
Finally, the BEP has green development skills and expertise in the field of mobility, via a town planner certified in mobility.
Greenwal, the Excellence in Sustainable Construction cluster, is established in the Crealys® park.
The BEP also works with the Cap 2020 cluster, which brings together three leading groups in the construction industry: contactors, architects and construction materials manufacturers. They all work together to promote the use of renewable energies and improve the energy performance level of buildings in Wallonia.
Green Building Cluster
The green building cluster is a network of builders, architects, manufacturers, research firms, contractors, research centres and universities, and information and promotion organisations involved in green building. Its members undertake to respect the current and future environment while offering maximum comfort for the inhabitants of their buildings.
The IFAPME (Institut wallon de Formation en Alternance et des indépendants et Petites et Moyennes Entreprises – Walloon Institute for Sandwich Courses and for Self-employed Workers and SMEs) offers sandwich courses in a wide range of professional sectors, including construction and wood.
The GreenWin competitiveness cluster, which is dedicated to the green economy and to sustainable development, promotes projects undertaken by technological partnerships focusing on three strategic axes: green chemistry, sustainable construction and environmental technologies. GreenWin has over 150 members (businesses, universities, research centres, trainers and communities) that aim to develop the green economy, pool skills and share resources.
The TWEED cluster (Technology of Wallonia – Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development) is a Walloon organisation comprising around a hundred businesses in the sustainable energy sector. It aims to be the reference for business development in the field of sustainable energy, promote the skills of its members and build up an efficient and accessible network.
Confédération de la Construction
The Confédération de la Construction (Confederation of the Construction Sector) federates over 15,000 entrepreneurs in the construction, energy and environment sectors. It organises specialised information sessions, workshops and seminars for business leaders and their staff on the subject of sustainable energy.
The Adisif interface supports college research centres working in the field of construction and promotes exchanges of skills between colleges and businesses.
La Calestienne offers work-based training courses.
Namur University is an essential partner in the field of construction and green building thanks to its materials sciences research unit. The Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech faculty also carries out research in the fields of town planning and the environment.
A few companies already established in Namur: Isohemp, La maison écologique, Ecobati, Stabilame, Nonnet, Argibat, Besix-Cobelba, Thomas & Piron, De Greave, Bajart.