Germany has around 18 million residential buildings with 40 million dwelling units. Many were built before 1979 and tend to be energy-inefficient. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy plans to step up energy consulting in order to highlight all the ways to lower energy consumption and costs and to stimulate investment in making buildings energy-efficient. This way, private households and commonhold associations can receive reliable, unbiased information that will help them understand and gauge their own energy consumption better.
That is why the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will be bolstering and improving its On-Site Consulting programme as of 1 March 2015. The first major change: an increase in funding. In the future, 60 per cent of consulting costs will be subsidised (previously 50 per cent). The subsidy ceiling will rise from EUR 400 to EUR 800 for single- and two-family homes and a sizable EUR 1,100 for buildings with three or more dwelling units. Starting March 2015, advisors will receive up to EUR 500 extra for advising a commonhold association since they have to present and explain their report not only to the property manager, but also at association meetings - several times, in many cases.
The second major change: Building owners can ask the auditor either for a plan to do all of the retrofitting in one go or for a roadmap for an extensive, but incremental modernisation approach with coordinated one-off measures or a set of combined measures. The ‘tailored modernisation roadmap’ provides individuals with an easy-to-understand overview of all the modernisation measures that need to be undertaken in a particular building. The roadmap points to untapped possibilities for energy conservation and the use of renewables, and also gives an estimate of the relevant investment costs and of the savings that could be achieved in terms of heating costs and carbon emissions. For further information on the tailored modernisation plan, please click .