Twice as many people in Flanders built or renovated energy efficiently in 2021
By 2021, exactly 51,747 Flemish households will have built or renovated their homes to be more energy-efficient than the so-called 'E-level' prescribes. That is twice as many as in 2019, when 26,862 families did so, reports the newspaper De Zondag.
The 'E-level' is the score that indicates how energy-efficient a building is. The lower the figure, the more energy-efficient the building is. More and more people in Flanders realise that energy-efficient living brings nothing but benefits. Those who build or renovate their home in an energy-efficient manner can count on certain premiums or reductions.
"Anyone who builds a new home with a very low energy consumption, with an E-level lower than the standard, or carries out a major energy renovation may be eligible for a 50 percent (or even 100 percent) reduction in the real estate tax for an energy-efficient new home," the website of the Government of Flanders reports.
However, if the E-level is higher than the maximum E-level of the year in which the building or renovation application was submitted, this results in a fine. "The greater the violation, the higher the fine." Homes built or renovated this year must meet E-level 25.
In 2021, a reduction in property tax of over 30.5 million euro was granted through the E-polls. On average, this is a reduction of 590 euro per year for five years.
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