In concrete terms, the intention is that labels G and F will be overhauled in ten years, with D and E following another ten years later. “Brussels must therefore get to work on renovation and insulation,” says Van Garsse. “In the first phase, this will involve no fewer than 260,000 homes and 500,000 by 2043.”
The reason why things suddenly have to happen so quickly has everything to do with the climate target that Brussels has set for itself: a 47 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030, and becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
The question is whether all this will be feasible, especially because for many people renovation primarily equates to expensive investments. “But, that’s not how Maron presents it. He also presents this as a social measure: it is the poorest families who live in energy-consuming homes and therefore pay high bills or live in an unhealthy living environment.”
In addition, the minister points out that insulating the roof and replacing the heating system is sufficient in most cases. In addition, a safety net is also provided for those who are in danger of not being able to cope.
Yet Van Garsse speaks of a colossal task. Will there be enough professionals available and how will the adjustments be imposed in concrete terms? “Will the administration be able to handle this, because when you say obligation, you also say control and even fines. Maron also wants to streamline the certificates themselves even more and step up checks against rogue certificaters.”