HQE Building under Construction
HQE Building under Construction (HQE-B Construction) is designed for public and private, non-residential property stakeholders of any size, with or without an HQE track record, who are seeking recognition and endorsement of their new-builds’ environmental, societal and economic performance.
HQE Building under Construction is aligned with the new family of HQE Building certifications launched by Certivea in June 2022.
Its scheme was developed with Alliance HQE-GBC and numerous stakeholders.
With a modular format, it can be adapted to the kind of building to be certified: offices, retail outlet, warehouse, hotel, childcare centre, school, campus, museum or library, etc.
A comprehensive approach based on 15 complementary themes
HQE Building under Construction
Indoor air quality
Indoor air pollutants (VOC, CO, CO2, NO2, benzen, fine particles, formaldehyde, mildew) – Ventilation (air flows, filtration, air inlets and outlets, etc.)
Physicochemical and bacteriological composition – Water quality and temperature control (prevention of legionella, etc.) – Design of indoor distribution systems, etc.
Identification of internal and external sources – Electromagnetic field levels – Equipment and architectural layout to reduce exposure, etc.
Time out of the comfort range – Solar factors, air speed, humidity control, user control over thermal comfort, etc.
Location of external and internal noise sources – Insulation from outdoors, between units, impact noise, equipment noise, reverberation time, etc.
Amount of light (natural light autonomy, lighting level, etc.) – Absence of discomfort (glare, etc.) – Access to views, user control over light ambience, etc.
Access and flow management – Nearby public transport – Close access to stations and airports, bicycle paths – Facilities encouraging the use of bicycles and electrical vehicles, etc.
Performance in energy consumption, all uses (kWhEP/sq.m.year) – Reduction in energy consumption – Special provisions (cold storage, data centres, etc.)
Performance in drinking water consumption (m³/q.m.year) – Reduction in drinking water consumption – Rainwater management – Waste-water management – recovered water valorisation, etc.
Waste management (dimensions, location and equipment of waste facilities, etc.) – Quantity and valorisation of work site waste, etc.
CO2 emissions from energy consumed during use of the building (kgCO2eq/sq.m.year) and from mobility (kgCO2eq/sq.m.year)
Adaptation to climate change
Management of natural risks due to climate change – Hygrothermal comfort in a deteriorated climate, etc. – Heat island effect, etc.
Adaptability of building for same use – Suitability for change of use – Digital adaptability and interoperability, etc.
Organisation of work site – Work site waste management – Nuisance limitation – Control of water and energy consumption – Work site assessment, etc.
Identifying, prioritizing and taking into account stakeholders’ needs and expectations
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Correlation with key public policy, business and investor indicators
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Significant contribution to SDGs 3 (good health & well-being), 6 (clean water & sanitation) and 7 (affordable & clean energy)
Some contribution to SDGs 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work & economic growth), 9 (industry, innovation & infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities & communities), 12 (responsible consumption & production), 13 (climate action) and 17 (partnerships for the goals)
Indirect contribution to SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 5 (gender equality) and 10 (reduced inequalities)
EU Level(s) indicators
Significant contribution to objectives 3, 4 and 5
No. 3 Efficient use of water resources
No. 4 Healthy and comfortable spaces
No. 5 Adaptation and resilience to climate change
Some contribution to objectives 1, 2 and 6
No. 1 Greenhouse gas emissions along the building’s lifecycle
No. 2 Resource-efficient and circular material lifecycles
No. 6 lifecycle cost and value
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Recommended phase for certification entry
Program or Design
Recourse to an HQE Certification Referent recognised by Certivea
Recommended, particularly if you have not sought HQE certification before or if your last HQE certification was several years ago
Contact with Certivea during the certification process
- Contact with your Certivea correspondent by e-mail or phone
- Online contact via Certivea’s ISIA-2 digital platform
- Very Good,
Communication on the project’s certification
- Program, design or execution phases: information may be circulated on the certification in progress
- Once the building is constructed, it is possible to communicate without time limitation on the certification issued by Certivea
Fees paid to Certivea for the certification process
- Depends on project and total surface area
- 19.000 € on average
- Price includes the cost of the auditor, an independent third party commissioned and paid by Certivea.