Data collection

Data that describe real built assets are needed to produce model variants that represent them, and ultimately to build damage functions that accurately depict their vulnerability.

floodam.building was initially developed to build damage functions at the national level in France. To do so, we thus need to collect data on built assets at the level of France. At the time of writing, we already have model variants that represent the French dwellings in terms of building materials. However, we still need to collect the necessary data to obtain representative models of French dwellings in terms of contents and protection, and to produce representative models of other built assets.

Building materials representative of the French dwellings

To produce model variants that better represent the dwellings in France, we used the information contained in two reports: a report produced by the Agence Qualité Construction (AQC 2009)1 and another one produced by Pouget consultants (Pouget Consultants 2017).2

The first report indicates the share of different building materials in dwellings for which a building permit was issued in France in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The second report classifies the French dwellings depending on their type (house or apartment) and their period of construction. For each type of dwelling, it indicates the most common building materials.


AQC. 2009. “L’évolution Des Parts de Marché Des Produits Et Matériaux de Construction.” Paris, France: Agence Qualité Construction.
Pouget Consultants. 2017. “Analyse Détaillée Du Parc Résidentiel Existant.” Rapport Version 2.0. Programme d’Action pour la qualité de la Construction et la Transition Energétique.


  1. The AQC is an association of professional organizations of the construction industry that works on preventing damage and improving the quality of the buildings.↩︎

  2. Pouget Consultant is an engineering and consultancy office specialized in the construction industry.↩︎