The Élan Law, good news for wood industry


The Elan law gives pride of place to renewable materials and takes into account their carbon impact giving a new impetus to wood in construction.

Government works to give new impetus to wood construction

Wood construction is developing in France and this is good news. The government is working on it and aims to make the sector more competitive. As part of the 34 industrial New France plans initiated in 2013, the Wood Industries Plan aims to re-establish the wood processing activities on the national territory and accelerate the massification of the supply, while respecting a great deal of architectural quality, in particular by making the construction of buildings in wood the heart of this strategy. This plan and its concept of buildings to live Wood are based on an organization: the Association for the Development of Buildings to Live Wood (ADIVbois).

The ELAN law, a reinforcement to the Wood Industries plan

The ELAN law n ° 2018-1021 was promulgated on November 23, 2018. The law on the evolution of housing, development and digital (Elan) prepares the new thermal and environmental regulation (RE) of new buildings expected in 2020. The Elan Act defines the energy and environmental performance expected from future regulations. It also includes several measures dedicated to the renovation and energy performance of the building. 

The Elan law sets the objectives of Environmental Regulation 2020: "The energy, environmental and health performance of new buildings are part of a requirement to fight against climate change, sobriety of the consumption of resources and preservation of indoor air quality ".The building code now uses renewable energies and materials to meet the energy, environmental and health performance of new buildings. Wood, the leading renewable energy source in France (47% of renewable energy in France) will become the flagship material for setting up new buildings because it meets the obligation for buildings to store carbon throughout their lifetime.  

This law will "encourage the use of renewable wood materials and increase the volumes of timber construction", welcomed on November 27, the 17 forestry cooperatives (UCFF) and the National Federation of Wood (FNB) in a joint statement. Carpentry, insulation, energy wood, cladding, are all uses offered by this renewable, resistant and environmentally friendly material. 

The France Bois 2024 project was set up to promote the use of wood construction and landscaping solutions, particularly in France, in the achievements of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (JOP). It aims to facilitate the participation of companies in the sector, committed to the challenge, as wood is essential to achieve the carbon objectives of the JOP aligned with the Paris agreement. It is a structuring and unifying project of the Strategic Contract of the Wood Sector, signed on November 16, 2018.

Plywood, multiple uses in the building

Because of the extent of their performance, plywood can meet the highest and most varied requirements, and adapt perfectly to a large number of uses in construction. Brugère plywood has its place in the construction of new buildings and can be used as interior and decorative plywood, or as second-stage material for concrete formwork, cladding, roofing or flooring.