ebXML Messaging in Netherlands government; project for exchange of energy labels for buildings

In the Netherlands, a profile of ebXML Messaging 2.0 has been developed and selected for interchange of information among government agencies. This profile is documented using the ebXML IIC "deployment template". It is now published online at:


A first application to use these specifications is the exchange of "energy labels". The Netherlands government has taken a number of measures to transpose the the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD). It instituted a building labelling scheme designed to encourage property buyers to choose property using relatively less fossil energy - either through integrated renewable energy generation or the building's energy efficiency. This scheme was further reviewed in 2007, such that from 1 January 2008, it is compulsory for energy labels to be produced during the construction, sale or lease of residential and non-residential buildings. This label offers the new users information about the building's energy consumption.

Energy labels are assigned by certified organizations, and registered by an organization called SenterNovem. SenterNovem uses ebXML messaging to transfer this information to the national land registry, which publishes this information via a portal to organizations in the real estate market.


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