BATIC2: Supporting eco-construction in France and Belgium

The objective of BatiC2 is to promote the economic development of SMEs in the eco-construction sector on both sides of the border between France and Belgium by sharing experiences and best practices.

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Fresco of the BATIC2 project. ©BATICC2, 2017 Fresco of the BATIC2 project. ©BATICC2, 2017

" We want to overcome the prejudices that eco-materials are unreliable. Buildings based on hemp, clay, straw, wood or linen are not yet well known, but these materials should be considered in view of their many benefits. "

Laura Moretti, project coordinator

The challenges of sustainable development have rekindled interest in, and the urgency of, the issue of shorter routes towards a necessary review of production and consumption patterns in several areas, including the construction sector.

The implementation of these shorter channels requires well-integrated management and strategy. This is why both technical and general partners are joining forces to improve the match between supply and demand in eco-materials, and to offer a wide range of services to SMEs by providing them with global support in their development. The methods used are based on the pooling of operators' resources with the sharing of knowledge and techniques.  

Strengthen the supply chains for/ and short channels

On the one hand, a first task consists in orienting the business models of economic actors in the construction industry to meet market demand for short channels. The aim is to identify exemplary models to inspire the key players in the area, to encourage the emergence of new activities, and to implement them in the cross-border area. SMEs and project leaders benefit from support for their short channel development (individual or collective support: training, seminars, individual follow-up, etc.) in order to increase sector skills. Innovations by SMEs working on short channels are supported and common cross-border tools have been developed.  The objective is to strengthen existing channels and create new ones.

On the other hand, work to raise awareness is carried out in order to stimulate the demand from stakeholders such as private project owners, public authorities and those drawing up specifications. They should be encouraged to use local resources and equip themselves with them (production of standard specifications incorporating eco-materials, meetings between private and professional stakeholders and other cross-border tools).  

Enhancing expertise 

Finally, for the economy to work and for cross-border trade to be relevant, the aim is to improve the match between supply and demand. This is where enhancing expertise takes on its full meaning since it is, thanks to individualised support, fully integrated into the company's growth strategy. This module also aims to develop real marketing for the sector in order to increase demand and improve knowledge of eco-materials.

To date, the following achievements have been made:

  • Participation in the Salon Bois&Habitat with a joint exhibition stand in order to highlight the companies in the cross-border area;
  • Organisation of the Sustainable Public Building Day to raise awareness in the public sector of the use of eco-materials in specifications via B2Bs;
  • Setting up a promotional caravan with demonstration of eco-materials; 
  • Creation of technical data sheets so that professionals can use the materials at the request of private individuals;
  • Trips and visits to remarkable places and sites;  
  • Setting up working groups to reflect on the needs and market of companies in the sector;   
  • Training of companies in the use of eco-materials.

Total investment and European funding

Total investment for the project ‘Bâti C² - International Business Forum on Sustainable Development’ is EUR 2 078 851; the European Regional Development Fund contribution is EUR 1 039 425 through the Interreg V-A - Belgium-France (France-Wallonia-Flanders) cooperation programme for the 2014-2020 programming period. The investment falls under the ‘European Territorial Cooperation’ priority.

 

Draft date

26/07/2019