The Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, announced on Sunday “simplifications” and the correction of “biases” in the new energy performance diagnosis.
Gift to owners or measure of justice? The Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, announced on Sunday “simplifications” It front of “complexities” And “bias” of the new energy performance diagnosis (DPE) of housing. “There is a calculation bias that I am announcing to correct with a decree for which we are launching consultation this week, justifies the minister in the columns of Parisian. “The smaller the surface area of a home, the more the share of domestic hot water weighs on its classification, without any real link with the number of occupants”, he said, which resulted in “more than 27% of very small goods, those of less than 40 m², are considered as sieves, which does not reflect reality.”
According to him, this correction should allow 140,000 homes of less than 40 m² to exit the energy sieve category (labeled F or G). “The housing units which will have their label improved represent 11% of the real estate stock of these areas”, assures Christophe Béchu.
Established in 2006, the energy performance diagnosis classifies housing from A to G based on their energy consumption and, since 2021, their impact on the climate. A new DPE, which came into force in July 2021, takes into account the impact on greenhouse gas emissions from housing. It is no longer based on occupants’ energy consumption bills but on the physical characteristics of the building.
Since January 1, 2023, the most energy-intensive housing (classified G+) has been prohibited from renting and from 2025, the rental of all housing classified G will be prohibited by the Climate law to achieve climate objectives from France. “We are not touching the calendar and the ambition, but we are going to clarify certain rules which apply to next January 1,” indicates Christophe Béchu.
A first government amendment will be tabled during the reading in the Senate of the bill on degraded co-ownerships to emphasize that “January 1st is not a cut-and-dried date.” He will specify that “the need to have carried out work to re-rent a G-class thermal strainer will only apply at the time of renewal of the lease, either by tacit renewal, or upon change of tenant”, specifies the minister.
A second amendment will allow, according to the minister, that as soon as co-owners vote in a general meeting on work on common areas, the ban on renting will be “suspended for two years from the date of the vote, the time for it to carry out the work”.