The neighborhood of the future: the eco-district Danube
The eco-district located near the “Rivétoile”, will see the light of day in Strasbourg in 2020. Currently, already 1/3 of the district is habitable. It covers more than 6 hectares, representing 650 homes 50% of which are social housing, 18,000 m² of offices and shops, an Establishment of Accommodation for Dependent Old Persons (called EHPAD for its French acronym), a student residence, and a nursery school.
This Eco neighborhood is original especially for 3 reasons.
Its innovative parking policy on the one hand. The area will be very well served by public transport, it will have a Velhop station, but also a car-pooling parking, as well as 2 parking spaces with 520 parking spots. In addition, a “mobility pass” will allow anyone with a single subscription to gain access to the Velhop, to public transport, and to the car-pooling.
Its strong identity on the other hand. The area inside the neighborhood will remain mainly reserved to pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition the area will be fitted out with plant-life, gardens, flora, trees, but also common amenities: benches, a playground for children, a composting area. Everything will be designed to promote the idea of “living together” and sharing.
And finally, by its energy-saving side. All buildings will at least respect Low Consumption standards which means buildings requering less energy to be heated than traditional buildings. Some of them will even be positive energy installations (otherwise called BEPOS in French) which means that they’ ll produce more energy than they consume.
The district will also be connected to the urban heating network of the Esplanade, the energy supply of which will mainly be provided by biomass, which is a process that produces clean energy.
Concerning gardens, they will play an hydraulic role since they will constitute a basin for retaining rainwater.
Finally most of the buildings will be constructed from wood and natural insulators such as straw or recycled materials.
This éco-district is goes along with the overall sustainable development approach carried out by the Eurometropole of Strasbourg (in this sense another of my articles on composting in Strasbourg).
In conclusion, here is an ideal place, where it will be good to live. We can hope that other projects of this kind will grow everywhere.
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