Factsheet: Zero percent interest loan for housing renovation

Zero percent interest loan for housing renovation

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Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Order of 30 March 2009 regarding the granting conditions of the zero percent-interest loan for the support of housing renovation aiming at improving the energetic performance of existing buildings
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Arrêté du 30 mars 2009 relatif aux conditions d'application de dispositions concernant les avances remboursables sans intérêt destinées au financement de travaux de rénovation afin d'améliorer la performance énergétique des logements anciens
Description: 
The zero percent-interest loan for housing renovation was introduced by the Finance Act of 2009 within the frame of the Environment Grenelle. It allows the financing of work aiming at improving the energy performance of the housing without paying a cash advance and without paying interests. One of the conditions in order to benefit from the loan is to carry out a bunch of works, consisting of at least two actions including the installation of a heating plant or of a sanitary hot water system using renewable energies (Art. 244 quater U, §2, CGI). Only one loan can be granted per housing unit. Moreover, the housing unit shall be a main residence built before 1990 (Art. 244 quater U, §1, CGI). For biomass plants the following are eligible: Wood fuelled heating plants, provided they comply with the requirements of the third rate (“classe 3”) as defined in the Annex II (Art. 7, Arrêté du 30 mars 2009). Wood-burning stoves, wood-fired hearths as well as fireplace inserts are also eligible, provided they have an energetic performance of at least 70% (Art. 7, Arrêté du 30 mars 2009).
Goal/Aim: 
Stimulate renewable energy in buildings.

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Responsible Authority: 
Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement durable et de l´Energie – Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2009
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2014