Tree houses threatened by an energy standard


“It’s normal for everyone to comply with the building’s carbon footprint reduction requirements,” we declare to the Ministry of Ecological Transition. Picasa/koenig foto – stock.adobe.com

The State wants to apply the RE2020 regulations in campsites, to so-called light leisure dwellings (HLL) because they can be dismantled.

Unusual cottages and accommodation – treehouse, house in the shape of a flying saucer, recycled boat… – threatened by new energy standards? The state wants to apply the RE2020 regulations in campsites, in so-called light leisure dwellings (HLL) because they can be dismantled.

This means using more insulating and more expensive materials, for better energy performance. The draft decrees and orders are in public consultation, before coming into force scheduled for early 2023. “It’s normal for everyone to comply with the building’s carbon footprint reduction requirements,” we declare to the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

“Used on sunny days, HLLs are installed in spaces that are often shaded, requiring neither air conditioning nor heating”, replies Michel Durrieu, general manager of Huttopia, a nature campsite specialist. Supporting study, he asserts that it would be necessary to emit more carbon to satisfy the regulations during construction than what we can hope to save during use. The National Federation of Outdoor Hotels (FNHPA) believes, for its part, that the additional manufacturing cost would dissuade campsites from buying this accommodation – yet popular with holidaymakers. Discussions are underway with the Ministries of the Environment and Tourism to exclude HLLs of less than 35 square meters in campsites from RE2020. Built on wheels, mobile homes are automatically excluded, as they are considered mobile structures…



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