RT 2012: the new mandatory standard for new construction

In January 2013, the 2012 Thermal Regulation Standard, or RT 2012, came into force in France. 

What energy obligations were imposed on the builders at the time? How has the house construction sector evolved since? Update on the 2012 standard, on the eve of the launch of the RT 2020.


What is the 2012 thermal regulation??

For all building permits for new residential buildings registered since 1 January 2013, builders must comply with the recommendations of the Grenelle Environment Forum, RT 2012.

From now on, the annual energy consumption ceiling must be less than 50kWh / m². This minimum value was however already required for several years to obtain the BBC label effinergie.

The 2012 thermal regulation (RT 2012) is based on 3 main indicators:

  • The Bbio index, ie the minimum energy performance requirement of the building;
  • The Cep index, which characterizes the primary energy consumption of the building;
  • The Tic index, relative to the conventional indoor temperature.

With a decrease in energy consumption and a proliferation of resale opportunities, the standard for thermal regulation has been a turning point for all property owners since 2012.

The goal by 2020? Propose passive houses even positive, ie with a zero energy balance (with excellent insulation and outgoing heat recovery).


New house construction: all about the RT 2020

RT 2012 has really improved the energy performance of new buildings, but the construction sector still accounts for 40% of all energy consumed in Europe. Thus, home builders still have many efforts to provide in the coming years to limit their ecological impact.

The next thermal regulation should be put in place by the end of 2020. Its objective is to tend towards a passive house, known as positive energy, that is to say whose energy balance is totally zero (with an excellent insulation and a outgoing heat recovery).

Among the novelties of the RT 2020, we find:

  • heating consumption will be capped at 12 kWh / m²;
  • the total energy consumption of the building must be less than 100 kWh / m².

The future thermal regulation also aims to involve citizens in this energy transition project, in order to limit energy waste and promote energy production.

Turn to your builder to know the different models of houses and their cost of construction.


The return of the wallpaper

It’s crazy how trends are inexplicable sometimes! 

retro wallpaper

A bit like fashion would you say, the decor makes us see all the colors! Today we will talk about wallpaper and its use that has become essential in our interiors …

Often likened to the wallpaper of our grandmothers, thick and very pastel colors, wallpaper is back … Let’s take stock of the trends!


1 – The flowers are spread in the living room

It’s my favorite, I’m a fan of floral wallpaper, especially the “dark floral” as these inspirations. At the same time elegant but without too much fuss, it comes to underline gracefully a piece of furniture in your living room, the table of dining room or a corner office …


2 – Retro patterns are popular!

Palm trees that plunge us in California in the 70s or swimmers of yesteryear, the retro motifs are displayed on the wallpaper. A tip, we choose this pattern just on a piece of wall, or a place where you are sure not to get tired. The entrance, a bathroom or the office area, unexpected places where this touch decor will be a great success!


3 – Geometric shapes

The geometric trend has never really left us in deco. If you like clean decors, this wallpaper is for you! It remains sober and brings the little note of fantasy that was missing in your interior …


4 – The must-have wallpaper

British brand historically known for its high-quality wallpapers and design that have marked the spirits, the brand returns with ICONS , a new collection that includes the most emblematic prints, revisited retro way for our greatest pleasure! Absolutely cannons printed, inspired by the Miami of the 50s, wow! A subtle mix of glamor with kitsch tips, just right! A favorite for the palm print and the Miami print that can be found at Au Fil des Couleurs , the high – end wallpaper boutique.



Is home automation a solution to save money?

Thanks to a smart and efficient system, home automation simplifies everyday life by automating certain tasks. 



For example, the opening and closing of the awnings or the garage door at specific times. Beyond the functional side, home automation can achieve many savings.


Smart installation to save energy

Home automation forms an interdependent system within the home. Each task is the subject of a specific program, itself listed in the central computer. This rigor makes it possible to better manage energies, such as electricity, heating or water. The washing machine can be started during off-peak hours, while the lighting adapts its intensity according to the ambient light and the size of the room. Detectors allow lamps to be turned off in unoccupied spaces. Eco-responsible gestures that are no longer necessary to think that they come true.


Lighter loads

Better management of energy consumption naturally leads to lower bills. On average, the use of home automation reduces electricity and heating loads by around 15%. The energy savings are also linked because it is enough to lower its shutters to preserve the heat or freshness of the house. To make money, it is possible to monitor your own consumption with monitoring of the dashboard. One can thus regulate or modify certain parameters to improve the internal organization of the system.


Home automation, time saving and peace of mind

The very principle of home automation is to discharge some redundant and time-consuming chores. In this way, significant time savings are saved in favor of time spent with loved ones or favorite activities. This choice also impacts the safety of the home. Protecting your home avoids unnecessary expenses or increased surveillance in certain sensitive areas. It preserves its health capital and the peace of mind of his family.

3 tips for creating a small dining room

Who says lack of space does not necessarily say lack of class! 

Indeed, if you have a limited space to develop your dining room, know that it is quite possible to make a nice and cozy place for the whole family. To do this, Maison Blog gives you his 3 tips.

Choose your furniture


If you have little space, the layout of your dining room must be perfectly thought out and the space must be optimized. To achieve this, choose furniture with modest volumes, or multifunctional, so as not to overload the room. You can also opt for a beautiful dining table design with extensions : you limit the occupation of space and can, on occasion, add guests with extensions.

Another possibility: transformable furniture. Adjustable and flexible, they will give you the flexibility you need.

Delimit the space

You only have one space for the living room and the dining room? Be aware that you can create two distinct spaces using a few pieces of furniture or accessories:

  • install a Designers Guild carpet : the carpet will define the outlines of the dining area;
  • install a screen: it will create the illusion of a real room;
  • install a piece of furniture: it will act as a separation between the dining room and the living room.

Adopt a minimalist decoration

decoration mirror-room

What better than to adopt a simple decoration and light to give an impression of space when one has little? Limit the elements of decorations so as not to saturate the space, opt for long and clean shapes, and do not block traffic.

You can also play with the volumes of your dining room by adding some mirrors. In addition to enlarging the space visually, they also have the advantage of capturing light and providing an elegant decorative touch.


You never have too much wood in your interior

Today we are going to talk about wood! Do not you agree that this material is indispensable in our interiors? Whether we like it a little or passionately we always end up coming back.

“I’m afraid it’s too woody, or too old or too busy …” So many questions that arise before choosing a decorative piece or a material for its interior … And finally we come back Always, but you know what, the wood in addition to being easy to use in decoration is above all beautiful, noble and has the virtue of warming up the atmosphere … So why deprive yourself!


A wooden kitchen to never tire

wooden kitchen

A total white look? Matt black? Oil blue? Yes these inspirations are enticing and trendy but change of cushion is one thing, change of kitchen is a little more complicated! I speak to you knowingly, I had before a kitchen entirely white (white furniture, white credence and white worktop …), I loved it very much but today I love my kitchen in wood and am very satisfied 🙂


A wooden coffee table for a convivial living room


A Scandinavian thread to anchor his decor

If you follow me on Instagram , you may have seen that I adopted a Scandinavian wooden string 🙂 I had never had this type of furniture and I must say that it is ultra practical, I advise you if you are looking, like me, for an aesthetic piece of furniture for practical storage …


A wooden mirror because it’s trendy, yes!

A wooden terrace

Because yes we can enjoy its terrace in winter ( especially when we live in the south ^^ ), we choose materials that will create a warm atmosphere. And of course I’m thinking of a wooden flooring. You will tell me that it is not super easy to maintain? Exactly I discovered a product of the brand Mauler to renovate its terrace , or even for a non-slip terrace , it almost makes me want to go the distance!

Why build a BBC house?

When it comes to saving energy, the little tips are not lacking: turn off a room when you leave, collect rainwater .

Trouver un constructeur de maisons BBC

But for the ecological and financial gain is real, better set the problem at its source and opt for a home low consumption at a suitable manufacturer.


Construction: labels for the environment

A label is authoritative in this area: the BBC label, Low Consumption Building. This certification guarantees “eco-efficient” housing, whether you call on an architect or a builder of individual houses . Concretely, a house labeled BBC does not exceed 50 kilowatt-hour of energy per year per square meter … about 5 times less than a traditional home.

More recently, as RT 2020 approaches, the E + C- label has appeared. The latter shows excellent energy performance (positive energy building, E +) and a minimal environmental impact (low carbon building, C-). It applies to new constructions and concerns their entire life cycle.

On the one hand, energy performance is evaluated by the degree of exploitation of renewable energies, the thermal insulation of a building or its ability to self-consume. On the other hand, the criterion Carbon measures the energy consumption of a building and, as its name suggests, its carbon footprint.


A green design from A to Z

Thinking upstream of your house saves money while reducing your carbon footprint. In order to achieve this, several parameters are taken into account from the design phase:

  • thermal insulation of doors, windows and roof;
  • airtightness;
  • orientation of the dwelling (in the south, the sun heats naturally more);
  • heating mode (gas boiler, installation of photovoltaic panels …).

For architects, reducing the carbon footprint requires thinking about the structural work over its entire lifetime, from design to recycling. The result is the choice of materials, the way to limit waste and consume energy during construction.

A low energy house: a step for the planet and for your wallet.