What is the LCB certification?
Under the terms of the 2005 French 2005 Thermal Regulations, the Ministerial Order of the 3rd May 2007 defines the regulatory requirements of the 5 levels of energy performance of new constructions :
• HEP (HPE) : High Energy Performances
• HEP REn (HPE EnR) : High Energy Performances with Renewable Energies
• VHEP (THPE) : Very High Energy Performances
• VHEP REn (THPE EnR) and LCB (BBC) : Low Consumption Building
The authentication of the LCB level is based on a frame of reference put in place by the Collectif Effinergie association(created in May 2006), joining the LEB to an Effinergie certification. The Low Consumption Building level in new-build equals an energy consumption of the building of less than 50 kwh of primary energy per m² and per year (conventional consumption for heating, cooling, ventilation, domestic hot water production and lighting system).
A "Renovation" LCB certification also exists for existing buildings corresponding to a consumption of less than 80 kwh per m² and per year. This Renovation certification has been defined by the decree n°200ç-1154 of the 29th September 2009.
To obtain the certification?
Management of the energy and environment protection
• A LCB building consumes twice less energy
• Less energy = less greenhouse gas emissions
• An authorization answering to the requirements of the 2012 Thermal Regulations
Everyday life and well-being
• A housing well designed and enjoyable to live in
• An accommodation with an optimal heating comfort
• Solar protections avoiding summer overheating
Economical and financial points
• Very low operating costs of the housing
• Reduced vulnerability to the rise of energy costs
• Specifics financial support for energy performances
Who delivers the certification?
The Effinergie association is not destined to deliver itself the LCB certification. It relies on four attester organisms, recognised by the state, and accredited by the COFRAC (French Comity of Accreditation)
• CERQUAL for collective housing and individual units
• CEQUAMI for individual houses and unclear sectors
• PROMOTELEC for individual houses, grouped individual housing, and group housing
• CERTIVEA for tertiary buildings
The new Effinergie + certification
As the 2012 Thermal Regulations joins the consumption level of the LCB certification for new buildings, the Effinergie association proposes from now on the certification Effinergie+.
This new certification aims to go one step further in the spread of the approach regarding the energy efficiency. This new certification proposes to decrease by 20% energy consumptions, compared to the 2012 RT level, that is to say a decrease from 50 to 40 kilowatt per hour per m² per year.
Soon, a BEPOS certification project ?
The Effinergie association wants to go even further in terms of energy needs reduction and consumption, to promote the emergence of future positive energy buildings (BEPOS) and prepare the 2020 RT, as set by the Grenelle II Act.
For now, it is only a pilot certification, practical in the short term, based on the 2012 TR and the Effinergie+ certification. For now, it is only available for housing buildings, offices, crèches, and teaching premises. The aim is to encourage the participants to incorporate gradually the grey energy and the eco-mobility.
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