Energy label for housing and buildings (at sale or rent)

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The Building Decree includes a measure for energy efficiency of buildings (EPC, Energie Prestatie Coëfficiënt). In the past a certified EPC calculation for new buildings was used to demonstrate its compliance to EPC requirements. At present an energy label is required. The energy label was introduced in 2007. It indicates the energy efficiency of a dwelling or building. Meanwhile all 5 million owners of dwellings have received a (preliminary) energy label through the government based on an assessment of the available information e.g. on type, surface, age etc. It is mandatory to change the preliminary label into a more definitive one before sale or rent. In 2015 also penalties came into effect for anyone who tries to sell or let a house without a label. As part of the further intensification of the measures agreed in the Energy Agreement, it was arranged in 2016 that offices are required to have a minimum energy label C by 2023.

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