Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) System

Last updated: 18 November 2019

The EPC system in The Netherlands has been implemented since 2008 and by 2016 more than 3.5 million EPCs (> 50% of the total building stock) had been registered. In December 2012, the government decided to implement a new, much more consumer-friendly system for owners of residences. This new system was developed in 2013 and 2014, and has been operational since January 2015. Legislation for the new labelling system became effective on 1 January 2015. Changes in the accreditation system for experts for the new EPC for residential buildings were also implemented in January 2015.


The most energy-efficient homes have an EPC rating of A. The least energy-efficient get a G. The EPC also suggests things you can do to save energy in your home, like installing double glazing or insulating your roof, outer walls or floor.


A definitive EPC is required when home are put up for sale or rent or when construction is completed. The failure to present a definitive EPC at these times, results in a fine. An EPC is valid for up to 10 years.


This measure ensure Netherlands compliance with the provision under article 11 of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) on Energy Performance Certificates.

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