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Climate Change Programme for the Building Sector
in Germany

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Initiated in 2001, the German climate change programme for the building sector has become an integral part of Germany’s energy strategy.

It represents today, along with the Energy Conservation Ordinance (Energiesparverordnung/EnEV), the most important instrument for energy efficiency and climate change protection in the building sector. The initiative in its current design was established in 2006. It is one of the main tools to reach Germany’s climate change and energy efficiency targets of 2020/2050. In the building sector, Germany aims to reduce heat consumption by 20% by 2020 and primary energy consumption by 80% by 2050. The refurbishment rate for existing building stock, currently at 1% per year, is intended to double to 2% per year.

The programme is funded by the German promotional bank KfW Bankengruppe. It is aimed at the residential housing sector and includes different promotional initiatives such as loans and grants targeting homeowners, private builders, landlords and housing companies. Programmes for new energy efficient construction consists of loans of up to €50,000 per housing unit.

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