Carnot MECD

Build better for a better living

The MECD Institute is composed of 4 Industrial Technical Centres (CTI), 4 university laboratories and the CTI Network.

The MECD institute develops an R&D offering that anticipates the major challenges facing the sector. Innovative materials with a low environmental footprint, recycling and reuse, a mix of construction solutions, modular housing are all key areas the Institute has put in place to increase the competitiveness of the French companies.

Economic sectors


And also

Energy systems
Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
including PhD Students
Global budget
incomes with industry


MECD Carnot Institute
8 rue Boudreau
75009 Paris

Céline VINOT
+33 (0)2 37 18 48 97

Email contact


Complementary competencies for an integrated vision of solutions servicing the sustainable construction and habitat

Research themes in response to the challenges of the construction sector

The MECD Institute focuses its research and offers according to 3 strategic axes, over the entire lifecycle of structures and buildings:

  • Building materials and systems: Innovation & Engineering: Develop innovative structures and envelope solutions with a low environmental impact and taking advantage of the potential provided by the mix of materials
  • Construction and deconstruction: new approaches, new tools. Taking into account the life cycle of the building and its components, integrating the digital and technological evolutions and optimizing the resources
  • Prospective and Societal Changes: Technologies and research applied to the built environment

Targeted markets

  • Construction: buildings & civil engineering works
  • Furnishing and interior fittings


Remarkable experimental tools

From the test specimen of the material to the scale 1 platforms, in order to characterize and assess the performance of the materials, products and construction systems:

  • Platform for the physicochemical characterization of the materials, thermal characterizations between -40°C and +1700°C

  • Mechanical tests, fire tests, seismic tests

  • Acoustic, thermal performances, durability

  • Physical modelling and numerical simulations

A network of complementary skills and expertise

With a strong coverage of the territory for a service of proximity to the companies