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Ban on office buildings that are not energy efficient

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 January 2023

Do you own an office building? There are requirements around the energy use of these buildings. Find out more.

Change in the Building Decree

What changes?

Do you own one or more office buildings? All office buildings should have energy label C or better. This means an energy index of 1,3 or more. If you do not agree with your energy index, you can file a complaint.

An energy label indicates how energy efficient a building is. The obligation to have at least an energy label C applies to all offices measuring 100 m2 or more. All offices should carry an energy label, those that are part of a building as well as free-standing offices.

For whom?

  • owners of office buildings
  • entrepreneurs who use office buildings


This regulation is a change to the Building Decree 2012 (Bouwbesluit 2012). It will come into force on 1 January 2023.

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