During containment, the building sector will maintain its activity

This is one of the pillars of maintaining economic activity, despite the re-containment: ensuring that the projects continue. Bercy is particularly attentive to this.

The link of the town hall

The devil hides in the detail “, Explained Bruno Le Maire, during a press point. In drafting the decrees for the application of administrative closures, the Minister of the Economy thus ensured that the opening of the town hall office, where building permits are issued, is foreseen.

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It is vital, insisted the minister. If we raised the threshold to € 100,000 for public contracts without a call for tenders, it is not so that a building contractor finds the door closed at the town hall when he comes to collect his document.. This is what caused the building to collapse in March “.

In March, most of the sites stopped

Seven and a half months ago, the sector had indeed experienced a certain uncertainty, not knowing if it was classified as active ” essential ” or not. ” The speech had been quite traumatic, adds Olivier Salleron, president of the French building federation. We had spoken of an entry into “war” “.

Construction sites, materials stores, certain administrative services had quickly closed and even individuals, for fear of the virus, preferred not to open their doors to workers. Although a handful of craftsmen had been able to continue their work, most of the sites, including the small ones, had been stopped.

Government recognition

Since the takeover in June, the building has organized itself and adopted new working rules: adaptation of schedules, physical distancing, etc. ” The guys were super-disciplined, emphasizes Olivier Salleron. There are no clusters in the building. We showed the government that we knew how to organize “.

The boss of the federation said to himself ” very satisfied “That the President of the Republic, in his address to the French, cited by name” building and public works When discussing the sectors authorized to work. A precision to the taste of ” victory », After intense consultation with the services of Bercy and those of Emmanuelle Wargon, the Minister of Housing.

Involve all stakeholders

This consultation consisted in ensuring that all the players play the game. In addition to the municipal counters, several materials and tools brands, from which professionals come to obtain supplies, will remain open.

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The professional organizations of notaries have indicated that their members will welcome the public for acts that cannot be dematerialized. ” There are also the waste reception centers, the authorization given by the prefects to move from one region to another “, Lists Olivier Salleron, who says to himself” confident »In the continuation of the activity. “ Construction can and must continue “, Hammered, in a press release, Jean-Christophe Repon, president of Capeb, the main organization of the construction industry.

New housing particularly affected

This insistence can be explained by the gloomy health of the sector, which had a turnover of 150 billion euros in 2019. ” Over the first nine months of the year, it has fallen by 15% compared to the same period in 2019 “, Calculates Olivier Salleron, who says to himself” particularly worried ”For new housing, the activity of which should drop by 25% in 2020. The fall is particularly strong in Île-de-France, as well as in the three regions of the South: Paca, Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Social housing, which usually plays a countercyclical role, is not really in better shape: its activity is expected to decline by around 20% in 2020.


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