Climate package Germany: funding planned for industrial retrofits

04 November 2019

As a leading industrial nation, Germany has a responsibility to lead the way in opposing global climate change. As part of this chosen pathway, on the 20th of September 2019 the federal government presented their plan of actions as the cornerstones of the Climate Protection Program 2030. Included in this package is an important impulse to strengthen innovative retrofit processes such as the Energiesprong approach, in order to accelerate market development and thus to increase refurbishment rates.


Industrial renovation in the building sector

The cornerstones for the Climate Protection Program 2030 adopted by the Federal Government includes, among other things, promoting industrial renovation in the building sector. Support will be provided for the prefabrication of façade and roof elements and for a standardized installation unit as well as the supply of self-generated electricity in conjunction with new investment and contracting models. ‘’This is an important impulse to strengthen innovative retrofit processes such as the Energiesprong solution, in order to accelerate market development and thus significantly increase the refurbishment rates, ‘’ says Uwe Bigalke, team leader Energiesprong Germany at the German Energy Agency Gmbh (dena). ‘’In the area of multi-family homes from the 50’s to the 70’s alone, we can bring about 3 million units to a net zero standard using the Energiesprong approach. This means that the buildings themselves produce all the energy needed for heating, hot water and electricity throughout the year. For this purpose, we are currently developing a first market with pioneers from the construction and housing industry. Over the next few years, this approach can be applied to multi-family homes, single-family homes and non-residential buildings.’’


Market development in Europe: from single-family homes to apartment buildings

Independent Energiesprong market development teams work in different countries with housing organizations and builders, but also with regulators to tune policy and regulation, and with banks to create financial arrangements to make a viable path to scale. The industrial renovation according to the Energiesprong solution has already been successful in several European countries. In the Netherlands, the country of origin of Energiesprong, as well as in France and Great Britain, more than 5.000 single-family homes have already been converted. After focusing on the renovation of single-family homes the focus is currently on the market development for multi-family buildings. To realize this, a close exchange in knowledge and close cooperation with the participating companies and market development teams takes place. Over the next few years, Energiesprong pilots will be implemented in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, showing in particular how net-zero solutions for multi-family homes work. Implementation of the first pilots will also be supported through the EU INTERREGNWE program under the MUSTBEO project.


Volume deal in Germany

In Germany, the Energiesprong initiative is currently bundling several thousand residential units to be renovated into a volume deal that also includes the construction industry, politics and other supporters. The Energiesprong team through various coaching programs supports the participating companies. ‘’Since we are developing a product that does not yet exist, it will mean builders will have to invest in a market that they do not always see is there. That is why we create this first market by making a volume deal. Costs can be reduced at a given moment by scale, by smarter processes and by innovation at product level,’’ says Sanne de Wit, head of ideas at Energiesprong. The volume deal will be signed on November 25 in Berlin during the dena Energiewende-Kongress 2019. Keep checking our website for more news on the volume deal!

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