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ROCKWOOL insulation for Eiffel Tower renovation

The first floor of the prestigious Eiffel Tower is getting a full makeover. ROCKWOOL France is helping to improve energy efficiency and fire safety in the iconic building.

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is a world famous attraction that welcomes 7 million people per year. With that many visitors, it is important that safety and energy efficiency are of the highest standard. Due to the high performance, ROCKWOOL flat roof solutions are being used in the renovation. “The Eiffel Tower is a global icon and we are very pleased to be involved with this project. It is a major tourist attraction with millions of visitors every year, so naturally the architects are paying special attention to the safety aspects of the first floor. Thanks to our international expertise, our products were chosen for their ability to meet the very strict requirements for public buildings. This proves that our company is able to support ambitious and demanding projects,” says Managing Director of ROCKWOOL France, Bernard Plancade.

State-of-the-art public spaces

The renovation of the first floor includes the reconstruction of public spaces and adjacent areas in order to re-establish the Tower as one of Paris’ most spectacular and attractive locations. When the renovation is complete, the Tower will use solar  energy for heating and LED lights. Importantly, the main first  floor is currently inaccessible to people with a disability but  the refurbishment will allow all visitors, regardless of any disability, to enjoy the Eiffel Tower experience. 

Other additions include a new transparent glass floor, allowing visitors to see the structure of the tower as they walk 57 metres above the city, and new pavilions for restaurants, shops, conferences and events. The project started in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2014.


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