Why was the energy label introduced?

The government wishes to make the Netherlands one of the cleanest and most energy efficient countries in Europe. The energy label forms part of the strategy for achieving this. The government wishes to see energy efficiency increasing from 1% to 2% per year, and to increase the share of renewable energy to 20% by 2020. This all forms part of the efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 30% in 2020, in comparison with 1990. This reflects a shared effort at the European level to give effect to the Kyoto protocol.

Since when is a home required to be provided with an energy label (EPA-label)?

Since 1 January 2008, all homes which are sold or rented must be provided with an energy performance certificate. The moment of transfer determines whether this applies. The notary supervises the issue of the certificate, among other things.

For whom is it compulsory?

Everyone who sells or leases a home from 1 January 2008 onwards must be able to deliver an energy label to the purchaser or tenant. Moreover, this duty does not just apply to homes, but also to apartment complexes, offices, shops, farms, schools, hotels, restaurants and business premises.

What is an energy label?

An energy label is an index that says something about the energy efficiency of the property.

What is the situation with my rental home?

In the case of a rental home, the landlord is required to provide an energy label. This is only required at points of change, such as in the case of a new tenant, or the sale of a rental home.

How does this benefit me as purchaser or tenant?

An energy label tells you how energy efficient your home is, or otherwise. So it is something that you can use in negotiating the purchase of a home. A favourable label will add value to a home upon sale. A better label means lower heating costs and, therefore, a better climate in the home and in the environment. It is said that the government wishes to link a bonus/penalty system to energy performance. A lower rate of (property transfer) tax would be applied to the purchase of an energy efficient property. A consequence may be that banks will advance cheap top up mortgages, especially for improving energy performance. An increase in the energy tax on gas, heating and electricity is also likely for energy – guzzling homes.

When must I supply the energy label to the purchaser or tenant?

The energy label must be supplied to the purchaser at the very latest upon the transfer of ownership at the offices of the notary. In the case of a lease, it must occur at the latest upon the date of commencement of the lease. However, it is advisable to obtain an energy label before the home is offered for sale or lease. After all, it is helpful for the prospective purchaser/tenant to receive information about the energy performance of the home as soon as possible.

Is the adviser the one who draws up the energy label required to satisfy certain conditions?

Yes, an energy label is only legally valid if it is issued by an adviser from a certified company in accordance with assessment directive BRL 9500. ADA Keur is certified in accordance with BRL 9500 and satisfies the standards set by the VROM (Ministerie van Volkshuisvesting, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieubeheer).

How can I obtain an energy label for my home?

A certified adviser from ADA Keur can draw up an energy index. In order to do so he or she visits your home and performs an inspection. After the inspection, he or she draws up the energy index which is then turned into a label by the RVO (Rijksdienst Voor Ondernemend Nederland). Ask for an EPA certificate from ADA Keur.

Where can I find more information about the EPA?

You can find more information about the EPA on the VROM website, click here.

The EPA (Energy Saving Advice) provides advice on sustainable energy use of the property. Measures such as installation of double glazing,  post-insulation, or placement of a heating system are offered in many variants. In addition to expert advice on energy saving measures, payback dates are also determined. This allows you to immediately see after how much time you have earned back on your investment.