France's project to boost energy efficiency

The hardest parts of doing work to improve energy efficiency is to decide the best way to start, the time-scale and to set a budget... plus getting the paperwork done for éco grants and tax rebates.

Now a new project just started in two regions will see property owners get help from architects and energy experts to advise on insulation and other work and, in effect, reduce complications.

Called Passeport Efficacité Energétique (P2E), it will cost €100 and give owners vital aid in what can be a minefield.

Two years of tests showed that owners recognised that it speeded up projects with two-thirds ...

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