Policy status:Planned
Date Effective:2009
Policy Type:
Policy Target:Buildings>Residential, Buildings>Non-Residential
Agency:Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Description:As part of the 15a Agreement on energy savings with the Federal Provinces concerning initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, new arrangements were made in September 2008 to use federal subsidies to promote improved energy efficiency. The measures took effect in early 2009. Buildings constructed between 1945 and 1980 that have not yet been renovated will be refurbished as much as possible to achieve better thermal insulation. Specific heating requirement targets (alternatively expressed as a minimum reduction figure) have also been set for building renovation. When replacing oil- and gas-fired heating systems, only systems using modern condensing technology will be subsidised if they are combined with solar heating and the building shell is checked for areas where thermal insulation can be improved. Starting in 2012, houses built using funds from the housing subsidy scheme will have to meet heating standards of 36 kWh/m2 per year for single-family homes, and 20 kWh/m2 per year for multi-storey residential buildings. In addition, climate-friendly heating and water heating systems will soon be a pre-requisite for the payment of subsidies, particularly renewable energy sources and district heating through co-generation plants. Subsidies for new buildings constructed with oil-fired heating systems will gradually be phased out; the Federal Provinces have been given flexible transition periods to implement this change. Finally, public buildings are to be built and renovated in line with the subsidy standards for housing, which go beyond the requirements of the building code.

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