The City of Bordeaux reinvents the local neighborhood!

4 August 2013

The new Ginko eco-neighborhood in Bordeaux combines comfort, community life and a reduced environmental footprint. Its buildings deliver high levels of energy savings as a result of excellent thermal and acoustic insulation achieved using special concretes from LafargeHolcim.


Located on the banks of the Lac de Bordeaux, the Ginko eco-neighborhood welcomed its first residents at Fall 2012. This completely new community leads by example in many ways: by combining homes with stores, public amenities and landscaped spaces, it is designed to ensure that everyone - whether homeowner or social housing tenant - can enjoy maximum comfort and convenience with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.

Concrete, from beams to floors

So the 113 apartments in the first block already completed have been the subject of particularly detailed specification in terms of insulation to minimize energy consumption and acoustic intrusion. All the ground floors and intermediate floors have been poured using Agilia Sols, our self-leveling, fiber-reinforced concrete designed specifically for floor screeds.

As a proactive partner throughout the project, we will also be supplying more than 16,600 cubic meters of concrete for the load-bearing walls, posts and beams used in all the buildings of this new eco-neighborhood.

Due for completion in 2017, the new community will have 2,150 homes, 90% of which will carry the Low Energy Building (BBC) label indicating primary energy consumption of below 45 kWh/m2/year. This will be achieved by using:

  • a communal wood-fueled heating plant running on 80% wood biomass and 20% plant biomass supplied by local industrial companies
  • solar thermal panels to provide partial preheating of domestic hot water
  • solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity as part of reducing equipment operating load

All of which should make bills significantly lower for the 5,000 to 6,000 future residents of the neighborhood, without sacrificing comfort in any way at all!