The FPI regularly challenges the excess of regulation that certain local authorities impose on us in PLUs, charters, etc. : materials, parking, thermal performance, accessibility, diversity, reversibility, greening – national regulation becomes less the objective to be achieved than the base from which new requirements can be expressed. The decision maker is not the payer, nothing tempers these ambitions.

This trend, if it echoes the ambition of a desirable city, also creates a risk: that of producing housing too expensive, which deviates from the expectations of our customers. Because we produce first for consumers and inhabitants. It is therefore their needs that must be restarted.

What do they tell us? First, they want affordable housing (60% of renters would like to buy but are prevented by prices); and as the Qualitel barometer published this week shows, they attach the greatest importance in the city to simple things – comfortable accommodations that respect their privacy and keep the summer cool. At the discretion of the projects, there must be room for innovation and for ambition, for demonstrators like the future Olympic Village, for projects that move the lines as our Pyramids highlight them. And in a country producing between 200,000 and 250,000 multi-family dwellings each year, we also need large-scale industrializable and replicable solutions for cost-effective production.

This balance must be defined with elected officials, according to projects, territories and our customers.

Alexandra François-Cuxac

President of the FPI France