Dutch buildings energy standards to be hiked

Proposed stricter Dutch energy standards for new commercial and public sector buildings are being scrutinised by parliament and could take effect in July. Standards for all newly-built "utility" buildings are set to rise by 10% from existing levels introduced in January 2000. The government has set a goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from utility buildings by 1m tonnes by 2008-12, and the proposal is expected to deliver 8% of this. More action to boost buildings' energy efficiency was promised last May (EED 30/05/01). See Dutch environment ministry.

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