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Effinergie: the French reference for low energy buildings

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A work group, including representatives of players has defined energy targets to be reached to be able to be considered as a low energy building. It is organized by CSTB and based on design and engineering offices specialized in energy efficiency and dynamic simulations for buildings.

The BBC-Effinergie label is already applicable to new residential and non residential new buildings.. The Effinergie label for existing structures should be operational by the beginning of 2008. Agreements between the Ministry of Housing, the Effinergie association and certification bodies have been made to promote the Effinergie label, to put it into application, and to perform tests and validate it.

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