Very high energy performance
In the French building sector, the Très Hautes Performances Energétiques (THPE, or very high energy performance) label is an incentive to surpass the requirements of current legislation by reaching an even better energy efficiency.
Based on the French 2005 thermal regulation (RT 2005), the THPE label is obtained by reaching an average energy consumption 20% lower (as compared to 10% for the HPE, high energy performance, label) than that required by RT 2005. A THPE house will therefore have an average energy consumption of 88 kWh/m2/year.
As is the case for the HPE label, there is a variation of the THPE label: the THPE Enr label. This label requires an even higher energy performance (30% less than RT 2005) and equipment to produce renewable energy that meets specific criteria.
Homes with the THPE label must anticipate the requirements of the forthcoming 2012 thermal regulation. © Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory CC by-nc-nd 2.0