The energy performance of buildings, it’s happening now!

From non-residential and public buildings to new construction and old residential buildings, the entire building and housing sector needs to work together to meet the energy saving targets set by the government. Find out the latest on…

Non-Residential decree

Enacted at the end of 2018, the ELAN law amends the Code of Construction and Housing to require a gradual reduction in the energy consumption of new and existing non-residential buildings. Even though the first deadline isn’t until 2030, stakeholders in the sector have every incentive to commit to begin actively managing and optimizing their energy consumption right now.

Who is affected? 

The decree applies to owners and tenants of non-residential sites or buildings with an operating surface that is greater than or equal to 1,000 sq m.

What are the objectives?

Reduce the final energy consumption of buildings by 40% by 2030, 50% by 2040, and 60% by 2050, compared to a baseline year starting in 2010 (or reach a defined absolute value of energy consumption for each type of activity).

How is this achieved?

  • Optimize the energy performance of buildings (bioclimatifacades, insulation, ventilation, etc.)
  • Install high-performance equipment (heating, water heaters, lighting, etc.) and incorporate devices for actively controlling and managing appliances (equipment control, programming of smart scenarios, predictive maintenance, etc.) as part of smart building solutions.


RE 2020 has replaced RT 2012 for new buildings. This new regulation, which went into effect in January 2022, has a broader scope because it considers the building’s environmental footprint and its ability to generate energy, in addition to its energy performance.

Who is affected?

Initially, it applies only to public buildings. Since January 2021, it has been extended to include all new residential homes, apartments, and houses.

What are the objectives?

Lower GHG emissions by 49% by 2030 (compared to 2015) and achieve full decarbonization by 2050.

How is this achieved?

  • Reduce the environmental footprint:  A low-carbon building (LCB) makes the building’s carbon impact a factor in its design and through its anticipated end of life with the transformation of materials used.
  • Generate energy: A positive energy building (PEB) is a building that produces more energy than it consumes. But how? By combining the principles of passive building (low energy consumption) with ways of creating energy (solar panels, water recovery, etc.).

From the construction phase on, Smart Building and Smart Home integrate solutions for reducing emissions and minimizing energy consumption.

Low on energy and climate

The Law on Energy and Climate was passed in 2019 to address the ecological emergency and climate crisis. The State has increased incentives to encourage energy renovation projects through 2023.

Who is affected? 

As of 2021, rents can no longer be increased for class E and + rental homes.

In 2028, all homes—not just rental homes—must be classified as E or higher following an energy performance diagnosis (EPD).

What are the objectives?  

The stated goal is to achieve carbon neutrality in France by 2050 as part of the energy transition in homes.

How is this achieved?

  • Conduct an energy audit in addition to the EPD.
  • Renovate poorly insulated homes with insulation, flow management, and emission controls that prioritize energy conservation and sustainability. Here again, significant energy savings can be achieved through Smart Home solutions for programming sensors (temperature, sunshine, etc.) and managing smart devices.

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