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CITÉ PERRACHE GETS A MAKEOVER

The 257 housing units of Cité Perrache, emblematic of the area’s working-class history, are undergoing an energy renovation programme. The goal is to reduce energy consumption by 75%.

 iN BRiEF

  • Construction : 2015-2020 
  • Stakeholders
    • Grand Lyon Habitat (project owner)
    • Scapa Marin (architects/project manager)
    • EOHS (social services management)
    • Matte, JB Soubeyran, EODD Ingénieurs (design and engineering firms)
  • Surface area : 15 000 sm. meters

 

Objectives of the renovation

  • Improving the energy efficiency of the buildings.
  • Adapting the housing to current standards.
  • Upgrading the buildings.
  • Improving the living environment of the residents (renovation of the common areas and basements).
  • Highlighting the historical heritage.

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details of the project

  • Renovating the common areas and housing units.
  • Insulating the roofs and facades.
  • Changing the windows.
  • Replacing the lifts.
  • Renovating the ventilation, heating and hot water systems.
  • Connecting to the district heating system (powered by renewable energy).

unqiue features

listed heritage

Cité Perrache was designed by Jean Marin and Victor-Adrien Robert during the French hygiene movement. Built in 1934 by Grand Lyon Habitat, the Perrache low-cost housing project featured a large social housing development and a bath and shower building to foster the health of its residents. The entire ensemble is listed as a “Remarkable 20th Century Heritage Site” by the Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate (DRAC). A notable design feature are its three-part corner windows, which were very avant-garde at the time.

RENOVATION FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Cité Perrache has been connected to the wood-fired district heating system (using biomass). The heating and hot water production systems have been standardised. Previously, 80% of the flats at Cité Perrache were heated with gas, and 20% were heated with electricity.

The energy renovation project has divided the apartments’ energy consumption by 6, resulting in a 40% decrease in the tenants’ energy bills.

SUPPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND THE JAPANESE AGENCY NEDO

The renovation of Cité Perrache was supported by the Lyon Smart Community programme. It also received the support of the European Commission as part of the H2020 Smarter Together programme, as an innovative, exemplary operation concerning “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” and “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy”. Finally, it is supported by the French government under the national Ecocité programme, and by Métropole de Lyon.

Visiting Cité Perrache