The Effinergie association was created in May 2006 to promote low energy buildings in France. The initiative was taken by regional authorities, and particularly the Alsace, Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon and Rhône-Alpes regions. The objectives are to combine and optimize implementation of regional approaches, and to federate construction professionals and local communities.
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.