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Source of tools

Name of the tool
HQE Process

Where is tool available from

When was the tool produced

Work began in 1992, initiated by a plan of the French Ministry of Equipment

Several upgrades have occurred since its creation. The last one concerns the implementation of a certification recognised by the French Norm (NF). Indeed it has been blamed that the approach was used to "sell" the project without integrating enough performances regarding the criteria. That's why a certification was needed to not

The certification implementation is still at the test stage.

Is support provided
Support is provided for the use of the tool. Procedures and indicators are suggested.
However, a special consultant is often required.

Organisation/s that developed the tool and country of origin
HQE process is developed by “the association HQE” which includes several French institutions and organisations.

Is the tool newly developed or based on an exisiting tool
HQE approach contributes to green building challenge process and sustainable building (an international collaborative projects) (

Cost of the full tool
The tool is free. Nevertheless, its implementation could required implication of an external consultant.