In the face of the new obligations related to the entry into force of the tertiary decree, GA Services occupies a privileged position in supporting both owners and tenants in their efforts. Explanations with Caroline Loeper, Director of GA Services.
What are the main provisions of the tertiary decree?
Caroline Loeper, Director of GA Services: “The tertiary decree, in force since October 1 2019, creates new regulatory obligations for all owners and tenants who occupy areas greater than or equal to 1,000 m2 of commercial activities. Any entity that owns or leases such a surface must effectively commit to reducing its energy consumption by at least 40% by 2030, 50% by 2040, and 60% by 2050. These demanding objectives are accompanied by a commitment of resources, since owners and tenants are required to declare building specifications and consumption each year. And every year, the public body will issue a certificate to be displayed in the building in question”.
Faced with this set of new constraints imposed by the tertiary decree, what approach does GA Services suggest beginning with?
“It is important, first and foremost, to prepare the first statement to be registered before September 30 2021. This must include the specifications and consumption of a reference year that everyone may determine as they see fit, depending on the most “favourable” year, up to and including 2010. But in order to make this choice, one must still have a full year of consumption, with all of the bills that must be presented ‑ covering the entire building, from the common areas to the private areas! This is a real challenge, especially for properties that possess many buildings”.
What is the procedure to follow after meeting the first requirement of the tertiary decree?
“As soon as the reference year has been accepted and validated, it will be necessary to define an action plan to be submitted on the OPERAT platform developed by ADEME. This plan must include the complete programme of work to be carried out in the building until 2050, according to its classification. This is an initial work plan that can then be completed, if necessary. Public authorities are responsible for verifying the results obtained”.
How can the GA Services company help owners and tenants affected by the tertiary decree?
“As a property manager, we work closely with tenants and are therefore well placed to obtain all information concerning energy consumption from them. Furthermore, on the technical side, we have established partnerships with several engineering firms to calculate the energy performance for the reference year and thus define the action plan to be put in place to meet consumption requirements. In short, we are in a privileged position to facilitate the relationship between owners and tenants, not only for collecting and centralising the initial information, but also for enabling them to jointly validate and implement energy improvement plans over time”.
What about the work defined by the action plan?
“GA Services, with all of Groupe GA’s entities, is clearly able to support owners and tenants both in small works – renovation and development of spaces or, for example, the implementation of energy metering points, and major works, depending on the different levels of their needs. Moreover, it is important to be aware that significant works to improve energy performance is also a matter of the revaluation of assets. As for lighter works, these may be carried out as part of multi-year work plans: we also note that these multi-year plans can be fully included in the obligations of the tertiary decree. Finally, GA Services remains at the disposal of all its clients to help work with the OPERAT platform”.
Directrice GA Services