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Building professionals: how to obtain the RGE label?

Verified 20 novembre 2020 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Environment

You are a building professional specializing in energy renovation work or installation of equipment using renewable energy. The RGE label (Recognized as the guarantor of the environment) allows you to value your know-how and to be referenced on the information site for individuals. Only works and installations carried out by professionals holding an RGE quality mark are eligible for certain financial aid and tax deductions.

RGE quality signs meet a benchmark of means and skill requirements defined in 2 standards.

  • Standard NF X50-091 or equivalent: the RGE quality signs corresponding to this standard are called qualifications.. They cover the technical capacity, means and skills of a company to perform quality work in a given activity.
  • NF EN ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent: the RGE quality signs corresponding to this standard are called certifications.. They relate to the competence of designing and carrying out energy renovation works of a company. This work must be part of a global offer to improve energy performance. The certification shall also cover its ability to accompany the contracting authority throughout the project.

RGE quality signs for energy renovation work

Financial aid and tax deductions granted to individuals are conditioned by actions in favor of sustainable development.

As a holder of a sign of RGE quality, you can thus carry out energy renovation works for individuals, project managers, in a former dwelling entitled to the following financial aid:

You must perform specific installation or installation work in one of the following areas:

  • Energy-efficient or gas micro-cogeneration boilers
  • Thermal insulation materials for glass walls, insulation shutters and exterior entrance doors
  • Opaque wall thermal insulation materials (front or gable walls, low floors, roof-terraces, lost attic floors, roof crawls and roof ceilings)
  • Heating or hot water supply equipment powered by wood or other biomass or solar thermal energy if fitted with solar collectors
  • Heat pumps (other than air/air) for the production of heat or domestic hot water
  • Bouquet of works to limit the annual conventional consumption of primary energy of the dwelling, related to the living area of the dwelling, for heating, hot water and cooling, to 150 kilowatt-hours per m²
  • Underground heat exchanger for geothermal heat pumps

This work of supplying and installing insulation equipment, materials and appliances must meet high standard levels of energy performance.

RGE quality signs studies

The RGE quality signs studies relate to the provision of studies related to the following themes:

  • Bioclimatic and passive design of the architectural project, thermal envelope, including air-tightness and humidity transfers in the walls
  • Energy systems for production/distribution/emission and regulation from or without renewable energy for heating, air conditioning, cooling, hot water, ventilation, lighting

These services can be of different types:

  • Assistance and/or advice to project managers (for decision-making, verification of the integration of energy performance objectives into the program and monitoring of compliance with these objectives)
  • Thermal diagnostics, thermal analysis and energy audit
  • General, total or partial mastery of the work (studies and/or direction of the execution of the work contract)
  • Operations and Maintenance Engineering

The RGE quality signs shall be issued by bodies having an agreement with the State, concluded for a period of 4 renewable years. These bodies are accredited by the French Accreditation Committee (or any other accreditation body that is a signatory to the multilateral agreement in the framework of the European coordination of accreditation bodies).

These bodies undertake the following actions:

  • Meet common requirements to deliver their quality signs through a charter
  • Framework the criteria for managing quality signs through an agreement with the State

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Organizations issuing the RGE quality signs for energy renovation work

Organizations issuing the RGE quality signs for energy renovation work


Work or services concerned


Electrical work on energy efficiency and/or installation of renewable energy

Quality Of R

All renewable energy equipment installations


All work related to energy efficiency and renewable energy


Overall energy renovation work

RGE ECO Artisan

Energy efficiency work

GEN: energy performance pros

Work related to energy performance (construction or renovation)

CERQUAL Qualitel Certification

Heavy renovation work as part of a global energy renovation

Organizations issuing quality signs RGE studies

Organizations issuing quality signs RGE studies


Benefits concerned


Energy efficiency and renewable energy studies


Studies on the environmental context of operations, the energy performance of the building envelope, the work and the equipment resulting therefrom


Thermal studies in the housing/private home and tertiary sectors


Energy audit conduct


Energy audit conduct

You can get one or more GRE quality signs if you are a building professional helping to improve energy performance.

  Warning : if a company has more than one establishment, the organization issuing the GEP quality marks must request that all requirements be met at the level of each establishment (headquarters and secondary institutions).

Foreign professionals

Foreign professionals must apply to a French qualification or certification body for signs of RGE quality. They shall provide the documents justifying requirements equivalent to those of the French system, issued by the competent authorities and departments of the country of origin. The undertaking may also be qualified or certified by an organization in its country.

Work performed by a professional from a European Economic Area (EEA) allow to have aids. The professional must meet the criteria for obtaining the RGE quality signs. Quotes and invoices must be written in French.


Contractors must also hold an RGE quality mark.

A maximum threshold for subcontracting is defined by the organization issuing the GMR. quality marks in order to ensure that the company's know-how is maintained. This threshold is between 30% and 50% the turnover from the installation of equipment. It is assessed by qualification or certification.

You must select the RGE quality sign according to your activity and fulfill different criteria to obtain it.

Legal, administrative and legal criteria

To apply for a quality sign, you must meet the criteria of regularity of administrative, fiscal, legal and social situation.

The folder to be provided contains the following parts:

  • Extract of the Kbis and/or registration in the Chamber of Crafts and registration Insee (Siren, Siret of applicant establishments where applicable, and NACE code)
  • Urssaf attestation dated less than 3 months from the date of filing of the application file
  • Certificates of insurance in civil liability and liability construction in force at the date of filing

  Please note : you will also have to provide a statement of claims made during the last 4 years. The organization issuing the RGE quality signs shall evaluate the statement and take it into account in its award decision.

Criteria for regularity and competence

You must meet financial, professional, technical and human resources criteria for the category of work concerned.

You must provide the following justification:

  • Proof of mastery of the knowledge of one or more technical site managers designated by establishment
  • Compliance with requirements relating to the human resources resources identified, for example, by the staff, their initial or continuing training, their placement in collective agreements, their professional experience and, where appropriate, their entitlements
  • Expertise in design, site coordination and consulting under a global offer of energy renovation of buildings
  • Financial information on at least the last 2 closed accounting years so that the organization issuing the RGE quality signs checks the consistency and adequacy of your means, or even assesses your financial health
  • Compliance with the requirements of material means to perform the services concerned (e.g. means of study, advice, performance and control): these requirements shall be defined in accordance with the specific characteristics of the sector of activity and the quality sign concerned

Work quality criteria

You must provide at least 2 representative references of completed construction sites in the last 4 years in the activity designated as RGE.

The organization issuing the RGE quality signs shall directly ask the customers about the conditions for making one or more of the references provided. These include:

  • Quote
  • Invoice
  • Energy assessment report
  • Customer Satisfaction Statement

After technical instruction of the application file by an expert in the building or renewable energies, a certificate is issued to you if you meet all the requirements.

The period of validity, provided for by the body issuing the GMR. quality signs, shall be 4 years maximum. For any renewal application, you must submit to a new on-site realization check in progress or completed.

The certificate must identify the certified person and each of his establishments covered by the quality sign. It shall include the following information:

  • Name of the organization issuing the RGE quality sign
  • Name, address, legal form and name of the person legally responsible for the certified
  • Reference to the qualification or certification repository and other applicable documents on which the qualification or certification is based
  • Domain(s) of the quality sign(s) awarded
  • Insurance companies with which the certified person has declared to be insured
  • Effective date and duration of qualification or certification
  • Certificate Due Date

The issue of the certificate must be the subject of a registration procedure carried out by the body issuing the GMR. quality signs.

Your contact information and your qualification or certification are published using any medium that allows public information.

Within 2 years of the award or renewal of the qualification or certification, the organization issuing the RGE quality signs shall monitor the completion of a building site. This work must be under way or completed for less than 2 years or for less than 4 years if there is no such work.

The body issuing the GRE quality marks shall define the follow-up to that check in the course of the investigation or the follow-up procedure.

The annual monitoring allows to monitor compliance with legal, administrative, legal and financial criteria and the maintenance of human resources. In the event of a change which may affect the qualification or certification obtained, the organization shall maintain it or initiate a review procedure.

In order to maintain or issue a quality sign, the company agrees that the following data from its sites may be transmitted:

  • Company SIREN and SIRET No.
  • Job type
  • Location of the work
  • Completion date
  • Organization issuing the quality sign

These data are transmitted by the State authorities, theAnahand the Société de gestion des financings et de la Garantie de l'accession sociale à la propriété (SGFGAS). The Ecological Transition Agency (Ademe) and the bodies issuing the GMR. quality marks are the recipients of this data.

The company may refuse to transmit such data but, in this case, the quality sign shall be suspended.

The organization issuing the quality signs may also randomly select the project(s) to be audited on the basis of this information.

The body issuing the GRE quality signs may impose penalties on undertakings which hold or apply for an GRE quality sign. They may be punished in the following situations:

  • They shall not comply with the rules applicable to their quality sign
  • They carry out works that do not conform to the rules of the art
  • They use a false sign of RGE quality
  • They take the identity of a public authority or present themselves as belonging, directly or indirectly, to one of its services

Before applying a penalty, the undertakings concerned may submit their observations.

Penalties of up to 2 years may be:

  • Suspension of quality sign
  • Removal of one or more quality signs
  • Prohibition of access to one or more quality signs

If the performance check on a category of work reveals one or more non-compliances, the organization issuing the GMR. quality signs may incorporate the following procedures:

  • Control of the construction of additional building sites on the category of controlled work or another category of work
  • Company Hearing
  • Request for justification and supplementary documents
  • Additional training to retain the quality sign in the category of controlled work

  Please note : third parties may make alerts or complaints to the organization issuing the GMR. quality signs. This concerns companies that do not respect consumer protection or use false signs of quality for example.