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HQE™ certification is a comprehensive, multi-criteria approach that brings together all of the stakeholders of a project.

It puts energy efficiency, respect for the environment, and the health and comfort of occupiers first.

It therefore strives to improve the built environment by:


- Assessing the building's impact on the surrounding environment and on the users' health and comfort;

- Taking suitable measures to reduce the building’s impact.


HQE™ certification is based on three principles:


- Project owners set their own objectives.

- No architectural or technical solution is imposed and the project team makes its own choices to adapt them to the situation at hand.

- Project management support enables all project stakeholders to get involved and meet the goals set.


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HQE™ certification was designed and created by recognised professionals whose specialist expertise has been widely proven.


It is built on sound scientific and technical foundations.

It is the outcome of a long consultation process involving the construction industry and property professionals.

It has benefited from more than 20 years of day-to-day practical experience.


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HQE™ certification puts performance first.

It assesses the performance of a building or an urban planning development scheme with regards to its key features:


Environment and energy.

Health and comfort.


The assessment process is based on a new method that is compatible with international indicators such as the Sustainable Building Alliance, CEN TC 350, etc.


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To be certified, a project must meet the basic requirements, such as compliance with local regulations, if any exist (accessibility, seismic standards, etc.).


HQE™ certification incorporates the need for flexibility and does not impose any specific solution. It adapts to the building, the use made of it and the circumstances.


As part of its international certification service, Certivea also considers local concerns, which may differ depending on the country and even the town or city. The international building environmental performance assessment scheme therefore includes:


- Generic requirements established in light of international standards and best practice;

- Local performance levels demonstrated, if necessary, by the certification applicant through the "recognition of equivalence" process. This system allows all or some certification requirements to be adapted locally while respecting any specific local factors.


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A project's performance is checked through "full third-party" audits conducted by an independent auditor who is appointed and paid by Certivea. This fully independent project certification process cannot be found anywhere else in the world.


The auditor remains neutral and objective and may not, under any circumstances, advise or train the certification applicant.

Such complete transparency guarantees independence and impartiality for the applicant.

This level of supervision is now recognised as the world's highest, according to ISO rankings.


The project audit takes place in the presence of the project’s stakeholders and is usually held on site. The auditor checks:


- Compliance with the certification scheme's requirements and evidence of the fulfilment of environmental performance targets by the project owner;

- Compliance with project management requirements.


This approach comprises an interpersonal and educational dimension: it allows each of the project's stakeholders to actively participate in the certification process and brings together all of the stakeholders around the project.