The standards RT or Thermal Regulation have been implemented in an approach of respect for the environment and reduction of energy consumption. They must be respected for any construction of housing under penalty of fine. Find out how the heat pump can help you meet the various criteria of thermal regulation.
What are RT standards?
The purpose of the Thermal Regulation or RT standard is to limit the maximum energy consumption of new buildings for heating, air conditioning and hot water production.
RT standards are named after their year of elaboration. This is how the current standard RT 2012 has come to replace and complete the RT 2005 in January 2013. RT 2012 includes three areas of requirement:
- Perfect insulation of housing or Bbio index
- Low primary energy consumption or Cep index
- Sufficient comfort of the house in summer or Tic index
The RT 2012 certificate for a building is obtained after two verification steps: according to the construction plans and by a thermal study once the housing has been completed. If the housing does not comply with the Thermal Regulation, the owner is sentenced to pay a fine and to bring his house up to standard.
It is therefore important to think about the heating system to use before any construction project to meet the RT 2012 standard.
The interest of Heat Pumps to meet RT standards
A large part of the 2012 Thermal Regulation concerns the energy consumption of housing, including heating production.
According to RT 2012, the maximum primary energy consumption or CEP max must not exceed 50 kWh per m² per year. The standard also requires the use of at least one renewable energy source in the housing design. These requirements require the use of energy efficient and environmentally friendly equipment for the production of heating and hot water.
The heat pump is one of the rare means of heating that meets both these requirements and remaining relatively affordable compared to solar heating systems. For this, choose a heat pump with a high coefficient of performance to ensure sufficient thermal comfort while remaining economical energy consumption. A dual-service heat pump (heating and hot water) will be favored to increase energy savings.
Heat pumps meet all the requirements of the 2012 Thermal Regulation both through its energy-efficient operation and its absence of greenhouse gas emissions.