HQE label for the ABU

Environmental quality in support of pharmaceutical quality

The design of the ABU, its integration in the existing site, the energy conservation measures, water management and staff comfort are all concerns that were carefully examined prior to construction. All of these measures were taken while reconciling the essential requirements linked to pharmaceutical standards.


At the time the ABU was designed, the HQE label did not yet exist for industrial buildings and laboratories. The ABU contributed to the establishment of this certification.


According to Olivier Cochet, director of Industrial Biotechnology, "We want to come as close as possible to HQE certification, but as this label was still at the project stage, we contacted Certivéa, the French Certification Agency."

The ABU project was officially classified as an "Experimental Operation" to contribute to developing the HQE labeling standards for the industrial sector. Starting from the already labeled model of logistics platforms, the teams worked with a specialized consulting firm (Addenda) to implement the requirements of the 140 sections of the HQE standards (divided into 14 targets) or adapt them to the specific characteristics of the building.


hqe Label for ABU


Overall, the process required considerable dedication by the teams. Proposals were defined very precisely for areas as diverse as the establishment of a "green construction site," water management, energy performance, use of "ecologically acceptable" materials, lighting management and arrangement of green spaces.


Overall, out of the 14 targets of the HQE label, 11 were ranked as "highly performing". The construction and technology selections provided significant gains in terms of daily operation and comfort for collaborators.