Energy-Efficient Construction and Modernization
What are the rules and aids for financing? Through energy-efficient building or renovation, homeowners can not only increase their living comfort, but also save a lot of money in the long run.
In every building, there are great energy-saving potentials that need to be exploited: good thermal insulation lowers heating costs and protects the building fabric of the building. Modern glazing and frame construction can significantly reduce heat loss in windows. And a renovation of heating and water heating saves costs and energy.
The minimum requirements for energy-saving measures are laid down in the so-called Energy Saving Ordinance. After the Heat Act, which came into force at the beginning of 2009, builders are in any case obliged to schedule the use of renewable energies.
Since March 2010, wood-burning and wood-burning stoves have also been subject to emission limits that must not be exceeded. However, homeowners should be able to find out which modernization measures are best for the respective building through an energy consultant by means of an energy diagnosis. He analyzes the condition of each building and its heating system and advises you on planning and financing for construction.
If the decision has been made to refurbish or build energy efficiently, homeowners and builders should first of all find out about possible subsidies and benefits. It should be noted that since 1 September 2010, new requirements apply to receive state subsidies for energy-efficient modernization.
Individual measures are therefore no longer subsidized, but modernization must be carried out holistically. However, it is already possible to renovate buildings whose application for construction was submitted before January 1, 1995.
In any case, homeowners should think about how modernization will be economically viable for them. Professional advice is also essential, since the guidelines are not only difficult for laypersons to understand, but are also frequently changed and adapted.