VEH wants to postpone energy label

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The Homeowners Association wants the introduction of the energy label for homes as of 1 January 2008 to be postponed because the label is not yet reliable.

20 December 2007

AMERSFOORT – The Homeowners Association (VEH) wants the introduction of the energy label for homes as of 1 January 2008 to be postponed because the label is not yet reliable, the association said on Thursday. Homeowners wishing to sell a home will be required to have it evaluated for an energy label before it can be sold.

The VEH is advising its almost 700,000 members not to request the label. "Although the label is mandatory from 1 January next year, there are no sanctions if the buyer and seller ignore it for now."

The energy label, designed to give an indication of how energy efficient a residence is, is unreliable on three points, the VEH says. There are doubts about the reliability of the adviser who is supposed to issue the label, consumers do not have access to the form that the adviser puts together, and there is no procedure in place for complaints.

A company that is allowed to issue energy labels need only have a single certified employee in house in order to send other workers out to grant energy labels. Nor does the homeowner have enough guarantees that the "prescribed evaluation method is being followed professionally and independently", the VEH says.

Finally the VEH is not happy with the fact that the consumer has no opportunity to submit a complaint about the certification. "No adequate complaint procedure has been provided." The VEH feels that if the label is introduced at this point, it will lose all credibility from the start.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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