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Foundation stone laid for the future Grenoble School of Energy



The foundation stone of the future School of Energy and Water Management in Grenoble (Isère), “GreEn-ER”, was laid on Monday, September 2nd, in the presence of Genevieve Fioraso, the Minister for Higher Education and Research, local elected officials, the Director of the Academy, university presidents, and Olivier de Guinaumont, head of project management at Eiffage Concessions.

Under a partnership agreement with the Research and Higher Education hub (PRES ) in Grenoble (Isère), lasting 29 years, Eiffage, bringing together the resources of its various operating divisions, is ensuring the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the project. Total gross investment is close to 60 million euros.

The school, located in Grenoble’s new development area (“La Presqu’île”) will accommodate some 1,450 students and 550 academic and administrative staff, and will integrate the Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble teaching and research centres, the National Polytechnic Institute, as well as a research laboratory, “G2Elab”.

The new building offering 23,000 m2 of floor space, designed in association with the architectural firm Group 6, will house lecture halls, a media library, teaching rooms, laboratories, offices, a large agora and eating areas.
In terms of energy efficiency, consumption will be 35% lower than the targets set by 2012 thermal regulations and will be less than 75 kWh of primary energy per square metre per year.

The structure will combine an exterior insulation system, adjustable shutters for the facade, high-performance joinery in terms of air tightness, hybrid heat-emitting panels and solar panels to produce electricity. The technical installations will be reduced to limit energy consumption and maintenance. The interiors will consist mainly of wood panelling.

The school will meet the requirements of the Eiffage internal sustainable construction standard "HQvie". Delivery is scheduled for summer 2015.