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Thermal Regulations and Energy Performance of Buildings – the French Case (2010)
This is a presentation delivered by Enerplan during the “Setting up the Right Incentives to Boost Solar Thermal in Europe” webinar organized on November 30, 2010, within the framework of ProSTO project, funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
The objective of the French policy-makers has been to achieve energy zero or positive buildings as standard for new buildings in 2020. Rules apply as of November 2011 for offices and tertiary buildings, and as of January 2013 for dwellings. Regulatory developments have been based on a bioclimatic report for French regions and a set of primary energy consumption criteria of different household applications, the latter being adapted to building specificities. Future legislation enshrines the use of renewable energy sources, with an emphasis on solar energy technologies such as solar heating production.
Another key aspect of future legislation addresses funding: there will be specific support schemes offering incentives and subsidies based on the size, costs and productivity (kWh/m²/year) of the chosen systems.
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