HQE Sustainable Urban Planning
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
Living Well Together (SUP)
Quality spaces and facilities, promoting social interaction, social and generational diversity, social inclusion and cohesion and gender equality, etc
Mobility and Accessibility (SUP)
Accessibility to site, buildings and public spaces – Soft and shared transport – Mobility and parking – Access to surrounding territories, etc.
Health and Comfort (SUP)
Quality of air, water, land and spaces – Comfortable spaces (hygrothermal, acoustic and visual comfort) – Summer comfort (thermal comfort, cool areas, etc.)
Heritage and Landscape (SUP)
Integrating spaces and buildings into landscape – Valorisation of local heritage and identity – Landscaping management, etc.
Resilience, Safety and Security (SUP)
Adaptation to climate risk (flooding, storms, etc.) – Degraded mode operation – Education on risks, passive and active security, etc.
Energy and Climate (SUP)
Energy production, consumption, storage and energy efficiency – Renewable energy and energy recovery – Energy sobriety – Adaptation to climate change, etc.
Water cycle management – Drinking water consumption reduction – Waste-water and sewerage management – Reuse of water – Catchment areas and water tables protection
Nature and Biodiversity (SUP)
Protection and restoration of local ecosystems – Continuity and connectivity of natural systems – Protection of fauna and flora – Fostering nature in the city, etc
Resources and Waste (SUP)
Prevention of waste generated from activity – Land management and reuse – Environmental choice of products, facilities and services – Circular economy – Short supply chains, etc
Reduction and control of sanitary risks, of air, light, water and land pollution, etc.
Economy and Long-term Cost (SUP)
Total cost and operating expense optimisation – Partnerships, usage and operation – Promotion of innovation, etc
Vibrancy and Local Development (SUP)
Usage value – Appeal of local area – Job creation – Creation or expansion of local branches and skills, etc
Adaptability and Scalability (SUP)
Anticipation of changing needs and usage patterns – Modularity and mutability of spaces – Scalability of structure, etc.
Services and Productive Functions (SUP)
Services offered, functional mix – Urban agriculture – Supply and urban logistics, etc.
Project Management (SUP)
Continuous monitoring and assessment – Work site management and nuisance reduction – Dissemination of best practices – User adoption of sustainable development, etc.
Listening to the needs, expectations and input of stakeholders – Co-construction and project acceptability – Anticipation and facilitation of usage – Reduction of deadlocks, etc
Synergy and Coherence with territories (SUP)
Interaction and complementarity – Interaction and interfacing with existing local fabric – Urban metabolism, etc
Land Management (SUP)
Urban renewal – Optimisation and density for economical use of the space – Compactness of urban forms – Balance between built-up spaces and empty spaces, etc.
Digital Innovation (SUP)
Low-Tech, Civic-tech, Gov-Tech technology demonstrators – New working methods and tools – Connectivity – Data governance – City Information Modelling, etc
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
- 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.