Higher energy efficiency standards can be reached at a lower cost
Climate-friendly construction must not hinge on high extra costs, says the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), based on a report published by the Institute for Building Systems Engineering Dresden (ITG). Between 2000 and 2014, tasks prescribed in the country’s energy efficiency regulation were responsible for “only 6 percentage points of the 36 percent construction cost increase,” writes BEE in a press release. The share grew slightly with the introduction of the 2016 Energy Efficiency Regulation (EnEV). “Higher energy efficiency standards can even be reached at a lower cost if heating technology and building design are combined in an intelligent way and government support is used,” said BEE Managing Director Peter Röttgen.
For background, read the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and Efficiency.