To support the tightening of the building energy performance standard in the Netherlands, 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 improve energy performance of new buildings by 25% in 2011 and 50% in 2015 (in comparison with the 2007 building requirements)
- 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.
- Building end-uses