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In our previous post “buying French property:energy performance becoming more important?” we inferred that the regulatory environment has significantly enhanced the energy performance as a key criteria within the property market in France. According to a new survey performed by the poll institution “Ifop” , the high standard energy performance is  positioned well ahead as “the” criteria for buying a newly built home in France. 67% of the polled population placed the energy criteria ahead. The second criteria scored “only” 40% and reflects the idea that a newly built home is “handy” and with low maintenance costs.  The French are now well aware that energy performance is a key advantage of a new home in relation to energy spending. However, they also plebiscite the new energy standard**, as being particularly “environmentally friendly”, and this maybe more important than the financial impact. French society has changed significantly within the past 10 years. The environmental impact might not have been ahead if the survey would have been carried out only a few years ago.  “I think a true environmental approach came in the minds, it is not only a financial issue. This is something that can also be found with the weight of public transport in the choice of housing. When a local development plan (“PLU” in French) reduces the share of the automobile, it is not an obstacle for programs developers, contrary to what one might have thought before.” said Emmanuel Clausel, the President of “immobilier-stock-exchange.fr” during an interview for “toutsurlimmobilier.fr”. We would therefore renew our recommendation to pay attention to the energy performance diagnostic (DPE in French) even when buying an “older” home, as already mentioned in “buying French property:energy performance becoming more important?”

Ifop*: the survey was performed on behalf of the web-based company “immobilier-stock-exchange.fr”). You can get access to to the survey at:

http://www.ifop.com/?option=com_publication&type=poll&id=2340

the new energy standard**: since 1st of January 2013, the energy standard for newly built homes -the RT2012- aims to build flats or houses consuming 5 times less energy than an average French flat or house already built, while the next standard -RT2020- should see the upcoming of homes with positive energy balance (producing more energy than they consume).