Dutch MPs want energy label on homes withdrawn

10th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch MPs are calling for a halt to allocation of energy labels, following a television report that the system for calculating energy efficiency is flawed.

10 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A lower house majority wants Minister Ella Vogelaar to withdraw a system of allocating energy labels to houses.

The request is in response to a report on the television programme NOVA, which revealed that the labels are unreliable. Since 1 January, all houses over ten years old have to carry an energy label when put up for sale.

However, a home buyers' consumer organisation says the system for calculating energy efficiency is flawed. As a result, a corner apartment gets a better energy label than an apartment flanked by other apartments, even though corner apartments use more energy. The consumer organisation thinks a similar flawed calculation is applied to terraced houses.

A majority of Christian Democrat, conservative VVD, Socialist Party and Green Left MPs want the minister to stop issuing labels until it is clear what is wrong with the system.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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