Building and Housing 2016: That's Changing

Building and Housing 2016: That's Changing

The Efficiency House will become even more efficient, the rental price brake will continue to be tightened, the EEG surcharge will increase and you will soon be able to hand over electronic waste around the corner from the wholesaler - find out what 2016 will bring .


  • Around the house
  • On the subject of electricity
  • For tenants and vehicle owners
  • Waste recycling
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Around the house

EnEV demands greater energy savings

The Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV) raises the standards for new buildings: The primary energy consumption for building services should decrease by 25 percent , the thermal protection by the building envelope by 20 percent be raised . These goals are to be achieved through the installation of more efficient technology, such as heating, hot water preparation and ventilation systems as well as better insulation of the buildings.

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Efficiency house 70 expires, Efficiency house 40 Plus is introduced

At the same time the Efficiency house 70 promotion stage, in place of which the Efficiency House 40 Plus moves. The requirements for such a house are:

  • A power generating plant based on renewable energy
  • A stationary storage for the recovered energy
  • A ventilation system with heat recovery
  • A user interface for visualization of power generation and consumption
To energy-efficient renovation

Energy label for old heating appliances

Since last September, new heating appliances have had to bear the EU energy label. From 1 January 2016, old heating appliances will now also be given their own marking, the "national efficiency label for old appliances". is to mark all devices with it, whose age is over 15 years

. Attaching the label must not be denied, but it is also free of charge for the owner of the heating system.

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Smoke detectors become mandatory in Berlin

In 2015, smoke detectors were already mandatory in 14 federal states. Now at least one smoke detector must be installed in Berlin apartments. In new buildings one per lounge and exit hall. Excluded are kitchens because of false alarms near the hearth. This makes Saxony the last state in which there is no obligation to smoke detectors.

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On the subject of electricity

demand instead of subsidies While stationary storage at an efficiency house is a must, it runs its own way funding for solar storage under KfW 275 off and will not be extended

. The subsidy for solar energy systems under KfW 274 and 270 for the use of renewable energies in general and under KfW 153 for subsidized energy-efficient construction remain.

EEG surcharge rises The levy under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG -Umlage) increases by 3 percent

. The electricity consumer would therefore have to pay 6.354 cents per kilowatt hour.

solar system operators have to participate more The participation of solar system operators is also raised in this context: Where previously the use of electricity generated specifically encouraged, the owner of a solar system since 2012 for the to pay own electricity. In 2015, the price was still at 30 percent of the EEG surcharge at 1.87 cents per kilowatt-hour. In 2016, the participation increases to 35 percent in

and - taking into account the increased EEG surcharge - approx. 22 cents per kilowatt hour.

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For tenants and vehicle owners

Other federal states attract rent brake

  • The so-called rent-price brake is a regulation according to which the rent for a re-letting may be a maximum of 10 percent above the local comparative rent. In 2015, it entered into force in the following states:
  • Berlin
  • Bavaria
  • Baden-Württemberg
  • Bremen
  • Hamburg
  • Hesse
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Rhineland-Palatinate


  • In 2016, the following three states are added:
  • Brandenburg
  • Thuringia

Lower Saxony

Vehicle tax exemption for electric cars Until 31.12.2015, newly registered electric vehicles were available for 10 Years exempt from motor vehicle tax. From 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2020 the exemption for newly registered vehicles is only valid for 5 years


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Waste recycling

Disposal of electronic waste Consumers may not use electronic waste Dispose of with household waste. So far they have been able to do this at municipal collection points. From 24 July 2016, large commercial transactions are also required to take back old electrical appliances for free


Compost instead of Brenntag in Thuringia

Thuringia forbids the Brenntag, which until then herbal Waste could be incinerated. Instead of being burned, the waste should be fed into the natural cycle in the form of, for example, compost. This change poses major problems for all allotment gardeners, which is why the population is required to have an exemption for this group.

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