Vincent is first structuring trainings for local individual builders. The objective is not only to explain energy-efficient renovation techniques but to empower them, give them legitimacy and build a competitive advantage in the energy transition. Through theoretical and practical sessions performed with strategic partner Enertech, a French reference for energy-saving renovation techniques, Vincent equips the builders to renovate effectively, with an ability to “think global”: work with other builders, set up a collective offer, combine know-how and lower costs.
To maximize the economic and environmental impacts, Vincent focuses the trainings on renovation techniques that do not require a lot of resources in terms of time of manpower, while ensuring simultaneous work on walls, roofs, floor coverings and carpentry.
Vincent’s organization DORÉMI plays a key role as general coordinator. On the builders’ side, DORÉMI ensures follow-up for the trainings and their practical application on sites, but also facilitates the grouping of builders and pilots all the sites, providing financial and technical assistance when needed. On the homeowners’ side, DORÉMI underscores the economic and environmental impact of its solution to convince them to start to renovate their houses, and then simplifies the process by being the unique reference point for all engaged builders. Using a software to facilitate decisions, different options for renovation are combined to obtain a global solution that is financially and environmentally maximized. All the quotations are combined into one single proposal and DORÉMI becomes the group spokesperson.
Creating the conditions for success on both sides, Vincent leverages the renovation market and creates a strong environmental impact with heating consumption cut by 4 to 6 times. For two years, Vincent has focused on experimenting with contents and methodologies for renovation trainings with his partner Enertech, with an impact on 6,000 builders, architects, environmental engineers, and more. In 2012, he launched the pilot for his integrated solution DORÉMI and 70 builders have already been trained and grouped.
The entry point for implementing DORÉMI locally is a partnership with regional authorities. Vincent brings them a turnkey solution for renovation with a high environmental impact, in exchange for their investing resources to coordinate the spread of the model and to pay for part of the trainings and the general coordination by DORÉMI. In addition, keeping his actions focused on the supply chain, Vincent puts his regional partners in charge of the demand by communicating about the solution in their territories. They identify homeowners ready to renovate, as well as support them in accessing existing public subsidies for eco-friendly renovation. Four regions are already engaged and have started testing DORÉMI -Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne, Alsace and Centre. The different circumstances of these regions - from very urban to deeply rural - enable Vincent to test and pilot his model in varied situations and to come up with adapted methodologies for each territory.
DORÉMI belongs to a non-profit association Négawatt that develops scenarios on the French energy-model transition. Vincent contributed to the latest scenario, which has been acknowledged by the National Agency for Environment and Energy (ADEME). The plan highlights the importance of global renovation in order to achieve the objective of dividing greenhouse gas emissions by 4 by 2050. It also demonstrates the economic opportunity for the State to invest in renovation. Indeed, renovation is profitable and would generate 9 billion euros per year for 30 years, including millions in public taxes.
Parallel to his advocacy efforts, Vincent is developing DORÉMI on his own and with particular attention to the key success factor for its model: building and financing a “train the trainer” model to be able to train builders quickly throughout the territory. Recognition of his trainings in new legislation on energy saving certificates is in progress. He has also seized the opportunity to work with the European Union, which has implemented the program “Build-up Skills” to organize the training of builders in eco-friendly techniques in each European country.