Building and Housing 2017: Things are Changing

Building and Housing 2017: Things are Changing

Building owners, renovators, homeowners and consumers beware! Here are some of the most important regulations and legislative changes for 2017.

Postponed: the "EnEV 2017". Actually, an amendment to the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV) should enter into force at the beginning of 2017. It is the lowest energy building standard for all new buildings. But most of the planned editions will probably only be decided after the 2017 general election. Until then, the government is only planning changes to public buildings. The current "Roadmap" to the EnEV: validity for privately used buildings from 2021, for public new buildings from 2019.

Expensive: green electricity. In 2017, the green electricity surcharge rises to a record 6.88 cents per kWh. Since the grid fees for electricity transmission are raised, many providers are likely to turn sharply on the electricity price screw. In the event of high price increases, consumers are advised to switch providers, since in such cases a special right of termination applies.

If you want to install and install solar power and expand or modernize your existing smaller photovoltaic system, should use the year 2017 for this. Because 2018, the complete exemption from the EEG surcharge will be canceled. For some households so-called smart meters are mandatory. These electronic electricity meters transmit the electricity consumption to the suppliers. They are installed in households with a consumption of between 10,000 and 20,000 kWh. It is automatically carried out by the meter operators, homeowners do not need to be active.

Re-evaluated: wood heaters and old fireplaces. From 2017 newly installed wood heaters with pellets, firewood or solid fuels will have the required exhaust and efficiency values the Ecodesign Directive. This applies to systems with up to 500 kW heat output. For old stoves built before 1985, lower emissions retrofitting or replacement will be required. In addition, the district chimney sweeps provide all unmarked old heating appliances with an appropriate energy efficiency labeling.

Economical: electrical appliances. TVs receive a higher energy efficiency label. From the beginning of the year, the new A ++ class is regarded as the most economical and E as the maximum for energy consumption. The previous class F is omitted. Vacuum cleaners may be offered from 2017 only with less than 900 watts of power - instead of 1,600 watts so far. For their operating noise also applies a maximum of 80 decibels. Thanks to modern technologies, however, the real suction power does not drop, as the manufacturers emphasize. The new energy efficiency classes for vacuum cleaners are A +++ to D, but only from 1 September 2017.

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