Energy label

What is the energy label?

The energy label shows the energy performance of a house and which energy-saving measures are possible. The label class runs from A (few savings options) to G (many savings options). The energy label is valid for a maximum of 10 years. This has been agreed in the Energy Agreement. With the provisional energy label, market parties can explain to homeowners how they can make a house more energy-efficient.

The definitive energy label is mandatory from 1 January 2015 for the sale or rental and delivery of housing. The label differs from the energy label that has been mandatory since 2008.

What about the provisional and final energy label?

Home owners without an energy label will receive their temporary energy label at home in early 2015. The provisional energy label has no formal status. It is an indication of the data based on public data about the home, for example from the Land Registry.

From 1 January 2015, it is mandatory for sales, leasing or delivery to make a definitive energy label for the provisional energy label. The homeowner can arrange a definitive energy label from 1 January through energy from the Dutch government.

What if there is no energy label?

As of 1 January 2015, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) supervises compliance with the energy labeling obligation. This means that the ILT will check whether the energy label has been handed over at the sale, a new lease or the completion of a building. The seller otherwise risks a fine that can rise to a maximum of € 405.

How do I convert my temporary energy label into a definitive energy label?

You can draw up a definitive energy label via

What happens to the energy performance certificate, the current energy label?

The energy performance certificate will be transferred to the Energy Index from 1 January 2015. The Energy Index is a number for energy performance. The Energy Index is a voluntary instrument. This makes it possible to calculate a more accurate determination of the energy performance of a home. With an Energy Index, the homeowner automatically receives a final energy label.

In addition, financial instruments are linked to the Energy Index, such as the residential valuation system. Professional home owners, especially the rental sector, use the Energy Index. This allows them to appreciate and determine the investments of their housing stock. The energy performance certificate and the current energy label (issued until 1 January 2015) remain valid for 10 years after the date of recording.

Which buildings do not need an energy label?

The energy label is mandatory for all buildings, with the exception of:

buildings for which no energy is used to regulate the indoor climate (such as barns and garages);
protected monuments (according to the Monuments Act 1988 or according to a provincial or municipal monument ordinance) A building that is part of a protected village or townscape is not automatically a monument. It is up to the municipality or province or a building to be a monument within the framework of the Monuments Act. In case of doubt, the municipality or province can give a definite answer.
buildings used for worship services and religious activities (such as churches and mosques);
buildings intended to be used for the commercial processing or storage of materials and goods, or for agricultural purposes (such as factory buildings);
buildings that are used for a maximum of two years (temporary buildings (such as construction chain, emergency shops, emergency rooms at schools or boardrooms and scaffolding rooms on construction sites);
residential buildings that are used less than four months per year and with an expected energy consumption of less than 25% of the energy consumption in permanent use (such as recreational homes);
premises that are officially purchased / sold under the expropriation law and labeled as buildings that will be demolished
the rental of one or more rooms within a home. For student houses with their own entrance and address, an energy label is required.