Danish housing certificates out in the cold

Almost six years after its introduction, Denmark's compulsory energy certification scheme for housing is a "disaster", Jyllands-Posten newspaper reports. Citing statistics compiled by Dansk Energi Management (DEM), a consultancy responsible for monitoring enforcement of the legislation, the newspaper claims that 40,000 homes were sold last year without the required documentation, which costs about DKr 4,000 (€538). Lawyers and estate agents are "looking through their fingers" at the violations, which DEM plans to address through a "charm offensive" in collaboration with energy suppliers. See article.

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