HQE: Haute Qualité Environnementale [High Environmental Quality]

HQE: Haute Qualité Environnementale [High Environmental Quality]

HQE: Haute Qualité Environnementale [High Environmental Quality]
France’s newest museums, such as the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, are built to comply with standards for energy efficiency (effective insulation, bioclimatic architecture), using clean energies (solar, geothermal, etc.) and recycled or natural materials. This concept is certified in France by a registered specialist organisation.
Known as HQE, or ‘Haute Qualité Environnementale’ [High Environmental Quality], these criteria used in the building trades are found in tourist accommodation too. We also find the terms HPE (high energy performance], THPE (very high energy performance), Basse Consommation (low consumption, also known as ‘Effinergie’), and Maison Passive [passive housing], meaning houses with a positive energy rating, i.e. that generate more electricity than they consume.