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Supporting the construction of energy-positive and low-carbon buildings: E+C-

On 15 March within the framework of the delivery of the first E+C- labels, Emmanuelle Cosse, Minister of Housing and Sustainable Housing, signed a €20mn financial support agreement on savings funds with Union Sociale pour l’Habitat (USH) and Caisse des Dépôts, which will allow to build 6,000 social housing units meeting the ambitions of the E+C-standards.

Property & housing

Signature de la convention financière d’accompagnement de l’expérimentation E+C-

Delivery of the very first E+C- accreditation labels marks fresh progress in the proactive efforts on the part of construction stakeholders to jointly pave the way for the future environmental regulations in the building sector. Emmanuelle Cosse has also signed an agreement with Entreprises générales de France BTP (EGF-BTP).


The involvement of the HLM (social housing) movement in the energy transition is spurring a significant proportion of the sector to build efficient buildings and cut operating costs as well as the lowest-income households’ energy bills.


As soon as it receives the ministerial authorisation letter, Caisse des Dépôts will waste no time unlocking a €20mn subsidy for the 2017-2018 period to assist – in the form of subsidised loans – HLM (social housing) bodies heading up operations that are selected at the end of calls for proposals.


L’immeuble le Thémis
One of the operations to scoop the first 1st E+C- labels is the Le Thémis office block in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, the contractor for which is Icade, a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary.



Le label E+C-

The energy-positive and low-carbon label, E+C-, certifies compliance with best energy and environmental practices. Made up of an Energy criterion and a Carbon criterion, this label enables the contractor to choose the right combination depending on the specific features of the area in question, the type of building concerned and the associated costs. It is a forerunner to the RT 2020, the future environmental regulations bearing on new builds that will replace the RT 2012.

Buildings account for some 45% of national energy consumption and more than 25% of greenhouse gas emissions. Along the same lines as the Paris Agreement on the climate, the low-carbon strategy introduced by the energy transition Act for green growth provides for an 87% reduction in building emissions by 2050.


Check out the pilot scheme's website (in French)

See the first projects to receive the label (in French)



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