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International environmental certifications for the design and construction of non-residential buildings

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The positioning of HQE certification relative to BREEAM and LEED


Over the last 15 years or so, at a global level, the construction sector -a major emitter of greenhouse gases- has seen the emergence of tools that aim to accelerate changes in construction practices, namely environmental certifications. Three of the certification systems developed stand out: BREEAM, HQE and LEED.


The purpose of this publication by the France Green Building Council is to provide ways to compare the latest versions of these systems, objectivity being a key concern, and based on this feedback. The main characteristics of the certifications are therefore presented, along with their main differences, with the aim of improving professionals’ knowledge of these systems and facilitating any necessary choices.



To download the report, please visit the relevant France GBC website.