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Ban on office buildings that are not energy efficient

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versieEffective date: 1 January 2023

Change in the Building Decree

What has changed?

Do you own one or more office buildings? All office buildings must have energy label C or better. This means an energy index of 1,3 or more if you have an older, still valid, label. 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 has come into force on 1 January 2023.

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