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Renovation roadmap: What you should consider when promoting energy-efficient modernisation

2023-12-02T12:08:54.611Z

Highlights: Renovation roadmap: What you should consider when promoting energy-efficient modernisation. Subsidies for energy- efficient modernisation: applications submitted by the end of the year are certain. With the concept, homeowners can submit funding applications for individual measures to the BAFA. There is currently no longer any special funding available if individual measures such as the replacement of windows or a new roof are carried out as part of a renovation roadmap. This means that owners have to pay for the cost of the concept themselves.



Status: 02.12.2023, 12:51 p.m.

By: Markus Hofstetter

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The budget ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court is causing uncertainty among property owners. What's next for the promotion of energy-efficient refurbishment?

Berlin - The budget ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court (BVG) forces the federal government to make savings. It is still unclear whether state subsidies for energy-efficient renovations will be affected. "We currently do not know whether people who want to renovate their property to make it more energy-efficient or build an energy-efficient new house will continue to receive funding from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) in the coming year," Martin Brandis, an expert in energy consulting at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, told Handelsblatt.

Subsidies for energy-efficient modernisation: applications submitted by the end of the year are certain

According to Brandis, however, funding for this year is not affected by this uncertainty, and corresponding applications could still be submitted. If you apply for funding by the end of December, there are a few points you should consider.

For example, homeowners are advised to consult an energy consultant for energy-efficient modernisation. After a thorough analysis of the building's energy requirements, the latter prepares a renovation roadmap. "However, funding for this timetable has been discontinued this year," says Brandis. This means that owners have to pay for the cost of the concept themselves.

An energy consultant helps owners to take stock of which measures make sense for an energy-efficient renovation and, if desired, prepares an individual renovation roadmap. © Tobias Hase/dpa-tmn

Nevertheless, Brandis thinks it makes sense to hire an energy consultant: "With his help, owners who may not be experts have a list of what needs to be done on the house and with what urgency." In addition, government subsidies can often only be applied for if the work has been planned by an energy consultant.

Subsidies for energy-efficient modernization: Don't wait until New Year's Eve

With the concept, homeowners can submit funding applications for individual measures to the BAFA. KfW currently only grants low-interest loans if a house is built or renovated according to a certain energy standard. However, there is currently no longer any special funding available if individual measures such as the replacement of windows or a new roof are carried out as part of a renovation roadmap.

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Despite the short time, Brandis believes it is possible to submit funding applications before the end of this year. "It's not the acceptance that counts, it's the date the application was received," he says. However, you should not wait until the last moment if you want to submit applications online on the BAFA website. Depending on the number of visitors, the site may no longer be accessible in the last days of the year.

Source: merkur

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