Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label, Information and Education>Information provision, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Buildings
Agency:Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Legal References:Energy Performance of Buildings Decree (BEG)
Enforcement:Accreditation Systems

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).

 Energy Performance Coefficient (EPC)

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:

• 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.

Last modified: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:33:00 CEST