This week, a little overview of the news of the moment! On the menu:

  • the relaxation of the OPPBTP guide
  • the proposals of the Citizens' Climate Convention concerning the built environment 
  • the 2020 AFEX Grand Prize.

OPPBTP guide: the government relaxes the rules

The recommendations of the guide the OPPBTP (The Professional Organization for the Prevention of Building and Public Works), published in their first version on April 2, are they still relevant as the government increases deconfinement? The question deserves a clear answer.

This is what the government did by specifying, on its website, than " the various guides (including that of the OPPBTP), will soon be replaced by an FAQ answering concrete questions from companies ". Understand: exit the normative value of these recommendations.

However, there is no question of reconnecting with pre-COVID habits. Asked by Batiactu, the State Secretariat responsible for protecting the health of employees against the epidemic specifies that guides such as that of the OPPBTP “remain quality references”.

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It remains to be seen what wood the FAQs will be made of. Aiming to eventually replace the 90 existing guides, they will aim to clarify certain specific points, so as to complete the general recommendations.

However, these guides should remain on the corner of the desk for a while longer. At least as long as the threat of a second wave exists. The Ministry of Labor warns: the 90 guides will become essential in the event of a return of the epidemic.

Proposals of the Citizen's Convention for the Climate: architects more than ever essential in the face of the challenges of tomorrow

It is a particularly awaited fruit which was unveiled a short time ago: that of the work of 150 citizens, forming the Climate convention. Drawn by lot, these French men and women had been entrusted with the heavy task of finding answers to climate questions. 

Not surprisingly, among the options offered, housing occupies an important place. Alongside more or less divisive measures, such as the speed limit on highways to 110 km/h, the renovation of housing, the energy consumption of the tertiary sector and public buildings, and the fight against artificialization.

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So many challenges around which it will be necessary to federate the project management. In practice, concrete proposals that revolve around several major themes:

  • Make comprehensive energy renovation mandatory by 2040 
  • Significantly limit energy consumption in public and private places and industries
  • Fight against the artificialization of soils and urban sprawl by making life attractive in towns and villages
  • Develop public roads to allow new travel habits 

The website of the Order of Architects, www.architects.org, offers a complete review of the measures recommended in the “housing” category.

AFEX announces the winner of its 2020 Grand Prix

Since 2010, AFEX, an association working to promote French architecture throughout the world, delivers its Grand Prize. Despite a particular context, the 2020 vintage has not escaped the rule, the jury has just revealed its winners.

Awarded every two years in Venice, on the occasion of the opening of the International Architecture Biennale, the Grand Prix distinguishes a building built abroad, by a French agency, the 2020 edition focusing on projects delivered between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.


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10 finalists, 1 winner

Following a first selection, communicated on February 5, 2020, the jury, composed of architects, specialized journalists and institutional partners, had to decide among 10 projects remaining in competition:

All that remained was to nominate a winner. It was on June 17 that the verdict fell: the AFEX 2020 Grand Prix was awarded to Architecture Studio for the construction of an office building in Buenos-Aires (Argentina). A Grand Prize and a Special Jury Prize 


If the first was part of a world metropolis, the second is on the edge of the Himalayas, in Zanskar. The project consisted of the extension of an existing school campus, with the creation of 9 additional classrooms and a dormitory of 7 rooms. To the geographical isolation which did not facilitate the project, it was necessary to add the accessibility of the place, made possible in the summer, once the mountains have been cleared of snow and the road reopened.

A realization of the Toulouse agency Atelier Tanka, which earned it the Special Jury Prize 2020.

From October 15 to December 15, an exhibition organized at the Palais Royal (Paris) will highlight the finalist projects.

Not to be missed!