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The KfW has changed the rules governing the "energy-efficient construction" programme and increased the maximum funding available for people building houses. It has also introduced a new KfW efficiency house standard. This programme forms part of the CO2 building renovation programme funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency increased the funding available for the CO2 building renovation programme to €2bn a year up to 2018.

State Secretary Rainer Baake said: "The KfW funding programme for energy-efficient construction launched as part of the CO2 Building Modernisation Programme is a success story in terms of climate and economic policy. Some 50% of the housing that is being constructed in Germany benefits from the programmes and is thus built to higher energy-efficiency standards than the ones required under the Energy Saving Ordinance." 

As of 1 April 2016, KfW has doubled the maximum funding available for people building houses to €100,000. Also, alongside the 10-year interest rate reduction, a new arrangement is on offer with a 20-year fixed interest rate. In addition to the existing standards of the KfW efficiency house 55 and 40, which remain in force, the new standard "KfW efficiency house 40 plus" is introduced. This applies to buildings which generate and store energy and thus cover most of the small residual energy requirement themselves. 

The new grants towards loan redemption are as follows:

  • KfW efficiency house 40 plus: 15% of the amount of the loan, up to €15,000 for each dwelling unit
  • KfW efficiency house 40: 10% of the amount of the loan, up to €10,000 for each dwelling unit
  • KfW efficiency house 55: 5% of the amount of the loan, up to €5,000 for each dwelling unit

Further information (in German) can be found here.