We’ve talked about why renovation is necessary to make buildings future proof. And we’ve made our case that renovating can lead to energy savings in the long term, instead of just costing money up front. That’s better for your client’s wallet and for the planet. Today we have to discuss one more important reason why renovation is important. Dutch regulation demands it.
Don’t panic. This regulation isn’t new and it doesn’t go into effect right now, so there’s no need to worry about all your business clients suddenly calling you on the same day, begging you to renovate their office space right away, or yesterday if possible. In short, this regulation states that by January 1st of 2023, all office and utility buildings larger than 100 m2 should have an energy label of C or higher. If that’s not the case, the building can no longer be used as an office space until the owner complies with the regulation and their building reaches the required level of energy efficiency.
Prepare for the future
The regulations themselves are much more detailed and do contain some exceptions, which we are happy to explain to you or your clients in more detail. But the message is clear: as part of a worldwide initiative to achieve a more sustainable economy, government both local and central will demand more energy efficient solutions from businesses.
So far companies with smaller office spaces are not included, but we have a feeling they will be in future regulation. The focus of governments is not going to suddenly shift away from sustainability. It will be one of the most important challenges of our lifetime, so your clients might want to prepare themselves for it. One of the ways to get a better energy label, is by replacing the lighting with more energy efficient and smart fixtures.
Luckily the Dutch government understands that businesses may need some convincing before they go ahead and greenlight a renovation. That’s why they offer a special deduction for investing in energy saving solutions. The deductible percentage changes is set by the government each year, but for 2020 it was 45 percent. Again, there are some prerequisites, but updating your lighting to be more energy efficient certainly qualifies.
Do give us a call if you want to know more about the specifics. We are always willing to provide you or your clients with advice on how to create smarter lighting solutions.