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Archive 2015

Eschborn, 17.12.2015

Program "energy discussions in the SME sector" will continue until the end of 2019

That in 2015 the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) successfully launched grant scheme for energy discussions in the middle class will continue until the end of the year of 2019.

With the continuation of the funding, the number of conducted energy advice to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can be further increased and thus existing energy savings to be lifted. In order to increase the implementation rate of identified energy efficiency measures, a monitoring of the implementation of measures by the energy advisor is encouraged.

For companies with annual energy costs of a maximum of 10,000 euros, the grant of EUR 800 will be increased to up to 1,200 euros.

Companies with annual energy costs over 10,000 euros will continue to receive a maximum of 8,000 euros maximum grant. This is including any undrawn implementation consulting.

The subsidy rate of 80% of the eligible consultancy costs will remain in both areas.

Berlin, 04.11.2015

The Federal Government adopted an electricity market law for a "current market 2.0".
The law also regulates the obligation for the installation and technical minimum standards for smart metersFrom 2017 to receive large-scale consumers with an annual consumption over 10,000 kWh smart metersThe use in private households followed from 2020 with a mandatory installation of smart meters from 6,000 kWh and an optional installation below 6,000 kWh annual consumption.

Berlin, 23.10.2015

On 24 October
 2015, the new Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act comes into force. The law will facilitate the return of old electrical and electronic equipment for consumers significantly.


The Federal Cabinet has today given the green light for more underground cables, thus setting the "key points for a successful implementation of the energy transitionfrom. 1
July 2015 orderIn future, the new electricity highways (so-called.
Ultra high voltage direct current transmission linesare built primarily underground cables instead of overhead lines.

Berlin, 01.10.2015

Starting today,
 the KfW Bankengruppe and the energy-efficient construction of municipal and social non-residential buildings promotes the first time.

Munich, 17.09.2015

Bavarian program promotes 10,000 homes

With the 10,000 houses program Bayern promotes the energy efficiency of buildings and, above all replacing old boilers. Munich also supports the installation of photovoltaic systems and at least in one part of the program also the installation of heat pumps.

Efficient Buildings get more funding

Basic prerequisite for promoting the program part energy systems house, however, is that the building reaches in the restoration of at least KfW Efficiency House standard in new buildings at least 115 and KfW Efficiency House standard 55th Basically, however, the higher the efficiency standard is, there are the more money from Munich. So get homeowners who bring their building to such a high standard that they need only a maximum of 80 kilowatt hours of heat energy per square meter per year, an energy efficiency bonus of 3,000 euros. Increases energy efficiency so that consumption falls to a maximum of 50 kilowatt hours per square meter per year, there are 6,000 euro bonus. For a requirement of a maximum of 30 kilowatt hours per square meter and year the homeowner receives 9,000 euros efficiency bonus. In the new building there for the same energy efficiency nevertheless still 4,500 euros efficiency bonus, since the requirements for new buildings are already higher than in existing buildings. Plant his building so that he needs the client only 15 kilowatt hours per square meter per year, he will get 9,000 euros efficiency bonus.

Berlin, 28.07.2015

As of August there is more financial backing from the state for energy-efficient renovation.

In the credit variation increases from 1 August, the maximum loan amount for renovations to a "KfW Efficiency House" - this is a house with a minimum energy standard - at 100,000 euros. Thus the discount rate (currently 0.75 percent per year) can now be funded € 25,000 more. Depending on the achieved energy standard part of the loan does not have to be repaid. This so-called redemption grant, which is currently up to 22.5 per cent will be raised to up to 27.5 percent of the loan amount.

Another new feature is that a repayment bonus of 7.5 percent of the loan will be granted for individual energy efficiency measures, as long as they are financed by a KfW loan. So homeowners are encouraged to initiate the energetic progress in their own home, even if the funds for a complete renovation is not sufficient. The experience of the past years have shown that many owners prefer to gradually renovate and extend the cost so for several years.

Even when the investment grant conditions are more attractive. It is aimed at investors who take no KfW loan. In this case, the state takes a dynamic renewal of single or two-family houses now uniquely up to 30 percent of the investment costs - that are 5 percent more than in the past. Per unit also the maximum grant of 18,750 Euro rises to 30,000 euros now.

Funding for refurbishment recently building.

In addition, the KfW program "Energy-efficient Refurbishment" can now be taken even for younger buildings to complete. So far it was directed at older houses date was January 1, 1995. Now even comparatively recent houses can be retrofitted for energy generation. Eligible are all residential buildings, asked for before 1 February 2002, the building permit or the Bauanzeige was refunded.

Each energy-efficient renovation should start with expert advice and also be monitored during construction by an expert. Who appoints a specialist with these tasks, it may apply for an additional grant. It is up to 4,000 euros.

Berlin, 01/06/2015

"Energy-efficient Construction" planned program changes for April 1, 2016

Adapt to the stringent requirements of the 2016 Energy Saving Ordinance
Currently there are the promotional loans for three energy standards. The KfW Efficiency House 70 and KfW-efficiency and passive houses 55 and 40. The KfW Efficiency House 70 has for years been the rage among the new buildings financed by KfW. In 2014 76% applied for a grant for the construction of a KfW Efficiency House 70. Up to 50,000, - Euro in construction costs can currently be funded at 0.85% through the KfW Bank. The loan must be applied for via your bank.

Efficiency House 70 out - Efficiency House 40 plus pure
Whoever submits his application for funding from 1 April 2016 must be prepared for changes. The builders program "Energy-efficient Construction" is reorganized. What does that mean for their own construction site? The bad news: The popular KfW Efficiency House 70 flying out of the program. Responsible for this: From 1 January 2016 enters a 25 percent worsening of by energy saving regulations (EnEV) permissible primary energy demand for new buildings in force. Thus the bar is set higher for all builders. The EnEV new building standard is lowered from the start by 25%. The KfW Efficiency House 70 is no longer good enough for the effectiveness of promotion. A new funding standard moves up for it - or better still puts up a gear up. The KfW Efficiency House 40 Plus comes with the highest demands on the launch, which dwarf even the demanding efficiency and passive houses 55 and 40.

Anyone wanting to use the new funding in the future, so it must soon more energy efficient building. Energy-efficient, however, is not only more expensive to build. Because the energy saved and their costs, can be permanently saved after moving. And also in promoting the KfW will rectify tidy.

The changes at a glance:
The funding loan amount is to be increased from 50,000 to 100,000 euros per housing unit.
A 20-year fixed interest rate to be introduced.
For the KfW Efficiency House 55 a simplified means of compliance to be introduced.
Expiry of the promotional standards KfW Efficiency House 70th
Introduction of new funding standards KfW Efficiency House Plus 40.
A safeguard clause should be introduced as an eligibility condition: the acquisition of new buildings will be encouraged when the purchase agreement provides for a liability of the seller for the planned KfW Efficiency House Standard.
From 1 April 2016 the required energy specialist planning and construction supervision for new buildings by an expert in the program "Energy-efficient construction and renovation - construction supervision" (431) are promoted.

Berlin, 01/06/2015

"Energy-efficient Refurbishment" program change for August 1, 2015

Houses built in 2001-1995 are also promoted from August
To date, all residential buildings are eligible, provided for prior to 1 January 1995, the building permit or the Bauanzeige was refunded. That will change with August 2015 and expanded the eligible housing. Then date shall be 1 February 2002.

Higher loan amount for Effizienzhaus
Up to 50.000, - Euro per housing unit can be financed up to the roof or the heating to low-interest 0.75% over the KfW credit for individual measures of the basement. Those who take the whole house in the hand and refurbished to house efficiency level, gets up to 75.000, - Euro per apartment, from 1 August 2015 as much as 100,000, - Euro. In addition, a sizable repayment bonus is granted.

Grant for private home owners
Private house renovation can continue to choose between a grant and loan funding. The grant funding has the great advantage: It does not have to be repaid, in contrast to credit. The requirements are the same as with a credit. The grant for a specific action is 10% of the cost. That is, 10% about a basement ceiling insulation, new windows or new condensing boiler takes over the state. Those who invest at least EUR 3,000, may apply for support. Up to 5,000 euros the state gives to the individual measure it. Who redeveloped to house efficiency level, can expect 10% to 25% subsidy.


Since March 1, 2015, the on-site counseling is even more favorableInstead of the previous 50 per cent 60 per cent of consultancy costs in future promotedand the maximum grant of 400 Euro is rising for one and two family houses on 800 eurosfor building from three residential units from 500 to 1,100 eurosFor home owners' associations (WEG), there is also a one-time grant of up to 500 euros if the consultant introducing the energy consulting report at meetings of the route or advisory board meetings and discussedIn addition, building owners can choose the futurewhether they wish to receive a restructuring plan for a KfW Efficiency House by the consultant or a road map for individualgradually coordinated remedial measuresBy the wayYou do not have to apply for the grant itselfThis makes your energy consultant for youHe is obliged to pass on the promotion to you with an appropriately discounted consulting services.

Eschborn, 24.02.2015

BAFA promotes consultancy costs for energy consultants to 60 percent

The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) doubled the contribution to the consultancy costs of an energy advisor on site at 60%. BAFA accepts a maximum of 800 € of the eligible consulting costs in one- and two-family homes and a maximum of € 1,100 for residential buildings with at least three units.

For this purpose, enter into force a new funding program of the ACFA on March 1, 2015. With higher subsidies to advise the previous funding to be doubled for homes and are excited modernization of housing, for which the planning application was submitted before 1 February 2002.

Thus also been excluded from the promotion building dating from 1995 are now included in the promotion. An added bonus get advice residential condominiums, with agreement on at basement, wall, roof or heating to be undertaken between all owners must be in the house. For additional consulting fees for explaining the energy consulting report in homeownership-assembly or council meeting BAFA again contributes up to 500 €.

Berlin, 17.02.2015

Since January, the new measurement and calibration Act (Messeg) applies. So the owners of buildings are first required to report all newly installed energy meters for electricity, heat and water to the Bureau of Standards.

Become meter read, the calibration period is exceeded, the consumption values ​​may not be used for billing. This is particularly relevant in the housing industry.

However, future eliminates the initial verification by the competent authority. The new meter, however, be reported to the Bureau of Standards within six weeks after installation. Responsibility lies with the owners of the property, which uses the meter for billing to tenants. If the counters are not reported or used with an expired meter calibration deadline for bills, to pay a fine of up to 50,000 euros. The reporting requirement has been active since the beginning of 2015. Also new second direction counter for photovoltaic systems are reported to the Bureau of Standards, as they serve the settlement of the feed-in tariff with the network operator.

The following calibration periods were identified: six years with cold water meter, five years for cold water and five years for heat meters. Electric meter with running wheel must be replaced every 16 years and recalibrated electronic counter every eight years. It is recommended to install only new meter that can be read by radio.

Berlin, 02.01.2015

Promotion of mini-CHP systems now with higher subsidies

For the promotion of mini-CHP systems up to 20 kilowatts (kWe) improved funding conditions apply from 1 January 2015. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Construction (BMUB) has amended the funding. In the low power range support is raised, introduced bonus promotions for highly energy efficient mini-CHP systems and simplifies technical requirements. The new conditions apply for funding applications received by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) received from 1 January 2015.