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New ECD Standards for 2023

Posted by Bruno ROEST CROLLIUS on 24 October 2023

What are the implications for the real estate market?

The French real estate landscape is undergoing a major transformation in the year 2023, as new regulatory changes come into force for Energy Performance Diagnostics (DPE). As one of the key elements in any real estate transaction, the DPE plays a crucial role in assessing the energy efficiency of a property. What are the changes to the ECD in 2023, and how do they affect the real estate market?

Stricter Criteria for More Precise Assessment

One of the key aspects of the new 2023 DPE is the introduction of stricter criteria for assessing a property’s energy performance. In line with European directives on energy efficiency, France has revised its standards to bring them into line with targets for reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption. Owners are now required to provide more detailed information on their property’s energy consumption, ensuring a more accurate assessment of its energy efficiency.

Impact on the real estate market

These changes are having a significant impact on the French real estate market, for both buyers and sellers. On the one hand, sellers must take additional measures to improve the energy efficiency of their property to comply with the new standards. This may involve investment in renewable energy technologies, retrofitting for better insulation, or other innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption.

On the other hand, buyers are now better informed about the energy performance of the properties they are considering. This increased transparency can have an impact on the purchasing decision, with buyers more inclined to opt for properties with higher energy performance, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and energy costs in the long term.

The Transition to Greener Energy

Although these changes may seem restrictive for some players in the real estate market, they reflect a positive transition towards a more environmentally-friendly economy. By encouraging the use of renewable energy sources and reducing overall energy consumption, France is positioning itself as a key player in the fight against climate change and the promotion of a more sustainable planet.



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