Interestingly, this is not the first instance of France enacting legislation to compel new developments to be more ecologically considerate. In 2015 the French government declared that all new buildings built in commercial areas must have either solar panels or a green roof.

In the strive for sustainable development, the French Minister for Cities and Housing is also responsible for the initiative to develop 90 durable low-carbon cities called “eco-neighbourhoods” that can adapt to heat waves and floods. Though France is no stranger to “eco-neighbourhoods”, there are a few flagship “eco-neighbourhoods” across the country. To accompany this, Paris has set a goal of establishing 100 urban farms to increase the amount of local produce available.

It will be interesting to see how the construction and development industry adapts to what is a dramatic and rapid change. We imagine that the transition period will require a lot of additional investment from all parties involved to get these projects off the ground, investment in time and resources to learn and adapt to what essentially is a different set of design and construction techniques and limitations. However, as more and more projects push the boundaries of typical construction we see new standards being accepted. Currently, we are investigating the use of timber construction on a handful of projects across Perth, including apartments and student accommodation.