Buildings account for almost half of all energy consumption in many countries and specifically in France.
Energy consumption is a critical concern for companies, since they have premises that are very much bigger than those of private individuals, with offices and warehouses often covering several square kilometres.
The potential savings are therefore very considerable. In addition, sustainable development and today’s increasingly significant ecological challenges are having a greater and greater impact for companies in France and abroad, which are subject to ever stricter standards (French BACs Decree and other legal obligations).
France, like every other country, has made energy efficiency a priority through what is known as the energy transition.
Critical in reducing countries’ energy bills, energy efficiency also helps protect household spending power through lower consumption and drives innovation among companies. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and of atmospheric pollutants, especially from the buildings of large industrial and service sector companies, are two of the elements France, alongside many of its neighbours, aims to use to produce cleaner energy.
In Europe, the Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency provides a common framework for the measures to promote improved energy performance. This sets the objectives to be achieved in terms of energy efficiency, together with several deadlines.
There are a number of ways in which the energy efficiency and expenditure of a building can be significantly improved: