HQE Sustainable Building under Construction

the best guarantee that your new-build is efficient, sustainable and aligned with the European Taxonomy objectives and ESG criteria
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HQE Sustainable Building under Construction (HQE-SB Construction) mainly addresses non-residential real estate stakeholders who are seeking to differentiate and add more value to their new-builds, 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 Construction. It benefits from practical feedback from the first three versions of the scheme.
  • Its modular scheme 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.
  • Developed with Alliance HQE-GBC and numerous stakeholders, the HQE-BD Construction scheme goes beyond the regulations.
  • In France, an HQE-BD certified building therefore meets the carbon requirements, the main innovation of the 2020 Environmental Regulation (RE2020).


More about HQE Sustainable Building Family

A comprehensive approach based on 22 complementary themes

HQE Building under Construction

HQE Sustainable Building under Construction

The circular economy cuts across many issues, mainly featuring, although not exclusively, in the “Waste” and “Local economy” themes.

Correlation with key public policy, business and investor indicators

EU Green Taxonomy objectives

  • Contribution to all Taxonomy objectives

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

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 objective No. 6 lifecycle cost and value

How does HQE Sustainable Building under Construction differ from HQE Building under Construction?

Certivea offers two HQE certifications for new-builds: HQE Sustainable Building under Construction and HQE Building under Construction (HQE-B Construction).

HQE-SB Construction contains the 15 themes of HQE-B Construction plus seven additional ones. It is therefore more demanding than HQE-B Construction.

Both certifications share the same requirements and level of requirements for the 15 themes common to both, which are central to sustainable development issues.

The seven additional themes of HQE-SB Construction are central to the major transitions and public policies of the 2020s: circular economy, biodiversity, inclusive design, local economy and lifecycle analysis, etc.

They account for 39% of the total number of HQE-SB Construction requirements and 44% of the total number of points that can be obtained.

HQE Sustainable Building under Construction: When? How? What cost? What score?, etc

Recomended phase for certification entry

  • Scheduling or Design

Contact with a referent 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 HQE-BD referents (number at 01-01-2022)

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

  • Scheduling, design or implementation phases: information may be circulated on the certification in progress
  • Once the building is constructed, information may be circulated, with no time limit, on the certification issued by Certivea

Amount paid to Certivea for the certification process

  • Depends on project and total surface area
  • €19000 excl. tax on average
  • Price includes the cost of the auditor, an independent third party commissioned and paid by Certivea.

Key stages of HQE Sustainable Building under Construction certification