From 1 July 2015, the KfW Group will be providing increased funding on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy towards improving the energy characteristics of existing non-residential buildings and the construction of new energy-efficient non-residential buildings. The money is to come from the CO2 building renovation programme.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel said: "We want Germany's building stock to be virtually climate-neutral in 2050. If we are to achieve this, we need further improvements in efficiency in the building sector, not only in residential properties, but also in commercial and municipal buildings. That is why the new KfW funding will close a gap and help companies and municipalities to invest in energy-saving construction."

Businesses and municipalities will benefit from low interest rates and grants towards loan redemption of up to 17.5% if they modernise their buildings to meet the standards of a KfW efficiency house or undertake specific measures to improve the building envelope or the technology used in the building. The primary goal is to boost energy efficiency. The KfW and the Economic Affairs Ministry also want to provide very substantial incentives to invest in low-energy new-builds.

"There is considerable potential for increased efficiency in non-residential buildings which will not only cut carbon emissions but will also generate genuine cost advantages for businesses and municipalities. More than 40% of the primary energy demand in the building sector derives from non-residential buildings," said Dr. Ingrid Hengster, Member of the KfW Group's Executive Board. "We are glad that, in addition to the highly successful funding for residential properties, we will in future be able to offer support to all businesses wishing to improve the energy performance of existing buildings or to build energy-efficient buildings."

Irrespective of how large they are, commercial firms will be able to apply via their banks for loans from the "KfW energy efficiency programme - energy-efficient building and renovation" from 1 July 2015.

From 1 October 2015, municipalities, welfare organisations and municipal companies will also have the opportunity to finance new energy-efficient buildings via the KfW. From the same date, the existing funding available for improving the energy performance of buildings of municipal and social infrastructure will again be substantially increased: for example, 5.0% grants towards loan redemption will be introduced for specific energy-related measures.

The interest rates will be announced when the programme is launched. Further information will be available close to the launch date of the respective programme at