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Verkenning utiliteitsbouw
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ECN Policy Studies 15-12-2017
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--17-059 ECN publication
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The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( asked ECN to research the possibility of an obligation for an energy performance certificate on C level or another similar policy instrument for non residential buildings. An energy performance certificate obligation will force owners of buildings with labels G, F, E and D to implement energy saving measures. In this research an estimate is made of the potential savings, investments and payback periods associated with an obligation on C level for four different types of buildings: primary schools, nursing homes, café-restaurants and shops. The first phase of the research showed these buildings are within the non-residential subsectors accounting for the highest potential savings. In the second phase we combined data on building stock, energy labels, energy use and costs of energy saving measures and calculations were made on the label improvements using the EPA-U software. The results indicate there is additional energy saving potential for an energy performance certificate obligation on C level even though there will be overlap with policy such as the Dutch Environmental Protection Act (Wet milieubeheer). Business halls within the service sector account for the highest share of final energy use in the service sector, but don’t have energy performance certificates, so an obligation for these buildings is not possible.

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