This is not the first pilot project for the construction of an eco-neighbourhood. Some of the most famous pioneers are the districts of BedZED in England or Dongtan in China. Now it is the turn of the eco-neighbourhood of Seignosse, a municipality in the region of Aquitaine (France), with a little less than 2,500 inhabitants.
The Town Council has spent several years working on this project which was devised by the architects Marc Delanne, Jerome Lamaison and landscape designer, Xavier Arbelbide and that has been developed by the company ECCTA Engineering.
This ecological district stands on a six hectare plot and is home to several buildings, mainly a hundred singlefamily homes for sale and rent. Each apartment has a kitchen garden, which takes advantage of the rain water for irrigation. The neighbourhood also has a 500 square metre playground and important traffic limitations.
All the buildings have been designed to have low environmental impact. Orientation was a key factor, as well as the use of renewable energy, with technologies that are environmentally friendly and help to reduce energy consumption, such as solar panels, geothermal and aerothermal energy or biomass. And, of course, thermal insulation, which was achieved with URSA materials.
URSA Hometec 35 and URSA MRK40 were used for thermal and acoustic insulation of the penthouses and rooftops and URSACOUSTIC Roulé was employed to insulate interior partition walls. These three products belong to the URSA GEO range.
These materials are easy to install, sustainable and efficient. They contribute to indoor air quality and ensure a high degree of thermal and acoustic insulation. Due to the inorganic nature of the raw materials used, mainly sand, they show a remarkable reaction to fire, so they are the ideal solution for the insulation of roofs, walls, partitions and ceilings.
Location: Seignosse (France)
All buildings of the eco-neighbourhood of Seignosse (France) have been designed to have low environmental impact.