Flanders was the last of the regional governments to present its coalition agreement. Just like in the other regions, a number of renovation measures were presented in order to achieve the long-term goals regarding the energy performance of buildings. We will give you a brief overview of the planned measures below.
The first part consists of a number of initiatives related to financing and unburdening. The energy and housing advice centers are integrated and are included within the energy houses. The maze of premiums is being tackled and there must be one overarching premium to renovate your home. For vulnerable families, the government continues to focus on energy pruners and interest-free energy loans. In addition, the pilot project on the fund for buyers under duress, decided by the previous government, will be evaluated for effectiveness.
For new owners, from 2021 there will be a relaxation of the conditions for an energy loan. This relaxation comes to encourage owners to thoroughly renovate energetically at the latest five years after a notarial transfer in full ownership in order to achieve a maximum EPC score per building typology.
From 2021onwards, an existing fuel oil boiler may no longer be replaced if there is a natural gas connection. For tenants, benchmarks and long-term objectives with maximum EPC scores are set to 2050. For social rental properties, the requirements are also being raised, major energy renovations must be renovated from 2020 to E60.
To compensate for the shortage of professionals in the sector, the government wants to work out an action plan in consultation with the sector.
Read the full agreement here (in Dutch)