The Climacis concept was developed sometime between 2001 and 2003, to answer a call for proposals issued by the french Ministry of Housing, on the following theme : « How will we build in the future ? ».
An assessment of the state of city housing early in 2000 enabled us to focus on the most important issues related to urban nuisances ( pollution, noise, overheating ) and the important building restrictions (elevated cost and scarcity of land, building codes , increase of utilities and construction costs).
Our purpose was to offer an innovative answer to the industrialization of housing, all the while respecting a high environmental quality approach .
The Climacis architectural concept provides high performance thermal insulation which reduces both construction costs and operating expenses. A light steel frame carries a prefab structure which is easy to set up and offers unparralled hygrothermal and acoustic comfort. It also allows for summer comfort in contrasted continental climates and urban areas, as well as the energy independence of each housing unit.
Systems which were innovating at the time, were implemented : reverse cooling /heating pumps , solar heating for hot water, water saving devices such as water pressure reducer valves, water saving shower heads, and management of energy consumption ( systematic use of energy saving light bulbs).