FACT SHEET #58 | Energy efficiency standards as drivers and barriers for innovation in the building sector

Compliance frameworks are important drivers for energy efficient buildings. However, sometimes they also pre-define solutions to a certain extent and therefore do not only steer but also hinder innovation in the built environment. This fact sheet compares five different energy … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #57 | The list of energy-efficiency experts for German federal funding programmes

Previous studies have shown partly substantial variations in quality to occur in both energy consulting and in services relating to energy-efficient construction and refurbishment in the scope of the federal funding programmes. In 2011, the German Federal Ministry for Economic … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #44 | The quality assurance system of the German reconstruction loan corporation (KfW) in the field of energy-efficient construction and retrofitting (residential buildings)

In the scope of the KfW funding programmes “Energy-Efficient Construction and Refurbishment”, loans and subsidies from federal funds are granted. Under this scheme, eligibility for funding implies stricter energy requirements on new constructions and on buildings subject to refurbishment than … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #36 | Investing in building energy efficiency: the role of the EPC in economic decision-making

The European building stock lacks energy efficiency, and efforts in increasing the renovation rate and improving the energy performance of buildings have not yet resulted in the intended impact. Although the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) was introduced to facilitate energy-efficient … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #30 | Critical situations on the construction site and ideas for quality assurance procedures: The German perspective

The outcomes of the EU IEE project QUALICHeCK with a focus on improved quality on the construction site were mirrored in a dedicated workshop with 15 research experts in the field of energy efficient new buildings, renovations and energy efficient … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #08 | Quality control of Stuttgart’s retrofit standard realised by the city’s energy consultancy office

The City of STUTTGART’s RETROFIT STANDARD comprises various steps to achieve the energy-efficient retrofit of both residential and non-residential buildings. This includes the construction supervision, for which the City’s Energy Consultancy Office (EBZ) provides qualified experts. In this process, mainly … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #02 | The German contractor’s declaration: supporting compliance with minimum energy performance requirements

Fact sheet #02 describes a new obligatory scheme introduced in Germany, which requires contractors to confirm in writing that the specific minimum energy performance requirements for building envelope components, space heating and hot water generation and distribution systems and newly … Continue reading