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The majority of condominium units were built well before the emergence of thermal regulations. Their performance and energy equipment are therefore overall to be reviewed. Audit, legal obligations and vote in A.G, all the information to know about the energy saving works in co-ownership.

Co-ownership and energy works: mandatory audit

Audits are mandatory for condominiums consisting of 50 lots or more:

  • whose buildings are mainly used as dwellings (more than half of the surface of the property must be reserved for this purpose),
  • whose building permit was filed prior to June 1, 2001,
  • who have a collective heating and / or air conditioning system.

The audit shows the weaknesses of the building in terms of energy consumption. It is accompanied by recommendations presented to all co-owners, for possible work to improve the energy performance of the property.

Energy saving works: are they compulsory in co-ownership?

Following the DPE (energy performance diagnosis) or the audit, the co-owners decide whether or not to carry out the energy saving work.

The GRENELLE II law aims at reduction of energy consumption existing residential buildings by 2020: 38% drop in consumption current to reach 160 KWH / m2 / year.

But if there is nothing currently obliging co-owners to comply with this legislation, the law on energy transition for green growth could impose it.
-> Article 5: obligation to significantly improve the energy performance of a building, whenever heavy work is carried out there (renovation, roofing, etc.).

Energy saving works: the vote in the general assembly

When the co-owners decide, after a first vote in A.G, to undertake energy saving work on their building, the trustee proceeds to the competition of several companies.

The various works to be implemented and the estimates thus collected, are then presented to the co-owners during a second general meeting.
-> The vote that follows can thus decide on a plan for energy saving works (the planned works will then have to be voted on separately) or conclude an energy performance contract.

To note: the works to be implemented here can relate to the common parts as privative.

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