Proposals for Amendments of Energy Savings Act and Ordinance Sent Out for Review by Trade Associations

The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) has sent the drafts for a bill amending the Energy Savings Act (EnEG) and an amendment of the Energy Savings Ordinance (EnEV) to the trade sector associations for review (so-called Verbändeanhörung).

Amendments to the EnEG and the EnEV became necessary for Germany to comply with the recast Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings. Besides the amendments shall transpose the government’s decisions regarding the energy efficiency of buildings as set out in the Energy Concept 2010 and the decision on the energy policy shift made in 2011, BMVBS says. The ministry explicitly points out that the amendment proposals are drafts, which have not yet been adopted by the government and that the discussion on the matter within the ruling Conservative/Liberal government has not been concluded. According to BMVBS, the government shall decide on the drafts in February 2013.

The EnEG draft creates the legal bases for the EnEV amendment. It also stipulates to erect new buildings as  “nearly zero-energy buildings”, starting in 2019 for buildings housing public authorities and starting 2021 for all other new buildings.

The main aspects of the EnEV amendment can be summed up as follows:

  • Reduction of the annual primary energy consumption of new buildings in the years 2014 and 2016 by on average 12.5% and reduction of the mean heat transfer coefficient of the building’s envelope by on average 10%;
  • The requirements for existing buildings shall not be tightened;
  • Obligation to publish energy-related information in real estate advertisements, in particular in sales and rental advertisements, and obligation to provide a buyer or tenant with an energy performance certificate of the property and clarification that potential buyers and tenents have to be shown the energy performance certification at visits of the property;
  • Extended obligation to display the energy performance certificate and introduction of checks of the energy performance certificates and reports on the inspection of air-conditioning systems

Source: Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS)

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