HQE Sustainable Building in Operation

the best guarantee that your building’s operation is efficient, sustainable and aligned with the European Taxonomy objectives and ESG criteria

HQE Sustainable Building in Operation (HQE-SB Operation) mainly addresses non-residential real estate stakeholders who are seeking to differentiate and add more value to their buildings, improve their extra-financial rating and access the best financing conditions.

Launched in June 2022, this certification is the fourth version (v4) of HQE-BD Operation. It benefits from practical feedback from the first three versions of the scheme.

  • HQE Sustainable Building in Operation certification covers a period of three or five years, whichever the client chooses. It engages the stakeholders in a process of continuous improvement.
  • Certification has two focus: Building, covering the owner’s respective requirements, and Management, covering the operators’ respective requirements.
  • HQE Building in Operation is a modular scheme and can be adapted to the type of building to be certified: offices, retail outlet, warehouse, hotel, childcare centre, school, campus, museum or library, etc.
  • The scheme for health establishments will be finalised and launched by end-2022.
  • The HQE-SB Operation scheme was developed with Alliance HQE-GBC and numerous stakeholders. It helps each of our clients to define a path for improvement over the 3 or 5-year period.
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Management focus : 16 themes (Click on each pictogram for a summary of the theme)

HQE Sustainable Building in Operation

Building focus : 21 themes (Click on each pictogram for a summary of the theme)

HQE Sustainable Building in Operation

Correlation with key public policy, business and investor indicators

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Significant contribution to SDGs 3, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13
  • Some contribution to SDGs 1, 4, 8, 9, 15 and 17
  • Indirect contribution to SDGs 2, 5, 10 and 14
Pictogramme HQE Batiment Durable en Rénovation

EU Green Taxonomy objectives

EU Level(s) indicators

Significant contribution to macro-objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  • No. 1 Greenhouse gas emissions along the building’s lifecycle
  • No. 2 Resource-efficient and circular material lifecycles
  • No. 3 Efficient use of water resources
  • No. 4 Healthy and comfortable spaces
  • No. 5 Adaptation and resilience to climate change

Some contribution to macro-objective No. 6 Optimised lifecycle cost and value

Schéma HQE Batiment Durable en Rénovation

How does HQE Sustainable Building in Operation differ from HQE Building Operation?

For buildings in operation, Certivea offers two HQE certifications, each of which have a Building and a Management focus : HQE Sustainable Building in Operation and HQE Building in Operation (HQE-B Operation).

HQE-SB in Operation contains the same themes as HQE-B Operation plus additional ones:

· Building focus (21 themes): the 15 themes of HQE-B in Operation plus six additional ones

· Management focus (16 themes): the 13 themes of HQE-B in Operation plus three additional ones.

Both certifications share the same requirements and level of requirements for the themes common to both, which are central to sustainable development issues.

The six additional themes in the Building focus are central to the major transitions and public policies of the 2020s: circular economy, biodiversity, inclusive design and local economy, etc.

They account for 37% of the total number of the Building component’s requirements and 41% of the total number of points that can be obtained.

The three additional themes in the Management focus account for 31% of the total number of the Management component’s requirements and 24% of the total number of points that can be obtained.

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Recommended phase for certification entry

Component selected by client

  • Building or Management?
  • and duration of certification (3 or 5 years?)

Contact with a coordinator recognised by Certivea

  • Recommended, particularly if you have not sought HQE certification before or if your last HQE certification was several years ago
  • 274 professionals are Certivea HQE-BD coordinators.

Contact with Certivea during the certification process

  • contact with your Certivea representative by e-mail or phone Online
  • contact via Certivea’s ISIA-2 digital platform

Scoring scale

4 levels:

  • Good,
  • Very Good,
  • Excellent,
  • Outstanding

Information on certification

  • Information may be circulated on the certification in
  • Progress At the end of the 3 or 5-year period, information may be circulated on the certification issued by Certivea, indicating the years certified

Amount paid to Certivea for the certification process

  • Depends on project and total surface area
  • €XXXX excl. tax on average
  • Price includes the cost of the auditor, an independent third party commissioned and paid by Certivea.

Key stages of HQE-BD Operation certification for a period of 3 or 5 years

Schéma étapes certification HQE bâtiment durable exploitation