Country:Netherlands
Year:2000
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2000
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments
Energy Efficiency Policy Targets:Buildings
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Multiple RE Sources
Policy Sector:Multi-sectoral Policy
Size of Plant Targeted:Small
Climate Change Policy Targets:Buildings
Agency:Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning, and the Environment
URL:http://www.minvrom.nl/
Energy Efficiency Description:

Minimum energy efficiency standards for new residential and non-residential buildings have been in place in the Netherlands since 1995. There are separate standards for residential buildings and different types of non-residential buildings. Since 1995 the standards have been tightened several times, and further tightening is proposed for the near future The ultimate aim is zero-energy new buildings (EPC=0) in 2020, in accordance with the objective of the recasted EPBD (see below).

15 December 1995 > 1,4

1 January 1998      > 1,2

1 January 2000      > 1,0

1 January 2006      > 0,8

1 January 2011      > 0,6

1 January 2015      > (proposed) 0,4

Per 2020               > (target) 0

To support the tightening of the energy performance standard an agreement was concluded in 2008 (Spring agreement ) between the national government and market parties (The Dutch Construction and Infrastructure Federation, NEPROM [the Association of Dutch Project Development Companies] and the Dutch Banking Association (NVB)). The objectives set for the Spring agreement are to develop a new energy performance standard, which better reflect the actual energy use of buildings and better attuned to the experience (comfort and housing costs) of the consumer.

Renewable Energy Description:

Energy Performance Standards for new buildings and non-residential buildings came into effect on 15 December 1995, as part of the Housing Act supported by a programme implemented by NOVEM. The measures were originally intended to achieve savings of between 15% and 20% in energy consumption. The regulations provide that new buildings must reach a certain energy performance standard. The original standard was set at 1.2, meaning that buildings must be designed in such a way that no more than 1 200 cubic metres of natural gas is required annually for heating, hot water and cooking in a standard-size dwelling. Renewables in buildings like solar thermal, PV, passive solar and heat pumps, contribute to reach a low energy coefficient. On 1 January 2000, the requirements for new residential properties were tightened to 1.0 from 1.2. In 2006 it was further reduced to 0.8%. In 2007, the Dutch government announced that the energy performance coefficient would be further reduced to 0.6% in 2011 and then to 0.4% in 2015. By 2020, new developments will have to be energy neutral. This policy fits into the European Performance of Buildings Directive that requires all EU countries to set limits to the energy use for new buildings.

Climate Change Description:

Minimum energy efficiency standards for new residential and non-residential buildings have been in place in the Netherlands since 1995. There are separate standards for residential buildings and different types of non-residential buildings. Since 1995 the standards have been tightened several times, and further tightening is proposed for the near future The ultimate aim is zero-energy new buildings (EPC=0) in 2020, in accordance with the objective of the recasted EPBD (see below).

15 December 1995 > 1,4

1 January 1998      > 1,2

1 January 2000      > 1,0

1 January 2006      > 0,8

1 January 2011      > 0,6

1 January 2015      > (proposed) 0,4

Per 2020               > (target) 0

To support the tightening of the energy performance standard an agreement was concluded in 2008 (Spring agreement ) between the national government and market parties (The Dutch Construction and Infrastructure Federation, NEPROM [the Association of Dutch Project Development Companies] and the Dutch Banking Association (NVB)). The objectives set for the Spring agreement are to develop a new energy performance standard, which better reflect the actual energy use of buildings and better attuned to the experience (comfort and housing costs) of the consumer.

This record supersedes:Energy Performance Standard for Buildings

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