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HQE Sustainable Urban Planning

the best guarantee that your planning project is collaborative, sustainable and efficient
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In the HQE Sustainable Territories family, HQE Sustainable Urban Planning and certification (HQE-SUP) certifies that the development of a unit, neighbourhood, town, or region addresses all sustainable development issues.

HQE Sustainable Urban Planning is designed for all public and private developers, whatever the size, location, procedure or destination of their project: rural or urban renewal, residential area or activity park, …

It combines :

· goals for improving the project’s societal, economic and environmental performances, while considering local characteristics,

· a Project Management System, addressing the project’s governance issues: consultation with stakeholders, cost control and deadlines, etc.

HQE Sustainable Urban Planning is based on a reference framework established in partnership with Alliance HQE-GBC and consistent with the HQE framework for the building, offering a flexible and contextualised approach on the ground.

It includes an initial audit, a final audit and audits conducted annually, in line with six key phases: Launch, Initial analysis, Choice and contracting of objectives, Project design, Implementation, Assessment and capitalisation.

HQE Sustainable Urban Planning complements local initiatives, such as Eco Quartier in France, Eco-City Label in Africa and Ecocities in China. It is compatible with each of these approaches.

In France, it serves as a road map for meeting targets which are always defined locally, as with an Eco-Quartier approach for example.

It requires certification entry at the start of the planning project, which helps the developer to improve the governance, management, co-construction and acceptability of the project from its earliest stages, unlike labels and procedures that require the neighbourhood to be delivered and lived in first.

A comprehensive approach based on 19 complementary themes

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, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 17
  • Indirect contribution to SDGs 2 and 5

HQE Sustainable Planning and Development: When? How? What cost? What score?, etc.

Recommended phase for certification entry

  • Launch (phase 1) or Initial analysis (phase 2) of the urban planning project

Recourse to an HQE Certification Referent recognised by Certivea

  • Recommended, particularly if you have not sought HQE certification before
  • 45 professionals are HQE-SUP Certification Referents (number at 01-01-2022)

Contact with Certivea during the certification process

  • Contact with your Certivea correspondent by e-mail or phone

Scoring scale

  • No scoring: the development is either certified or not

Communication on the project’s certification

  • Communication is possible on the certification in progress
  • Once the development project is complete, it is possible to communicate without time limitation on the certification issued by Certivea

Fees paid to Certivea for the certification process

  • Contact Certivea for a cost estimate
  • 29.000 € in average
  • Price includes the cost of the auditor, an independent third party commissioned and paid by Certivea.

Key stages of HQE Sustainable Planning and Development certification (six in total)