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Improvements to the KfW "Energy-Efficient Construction" programme on 1 April 2016

Press Release from 2016-03-22 / Group, Domestic Promotion

  • Introduction of a new KfW Efficiency House 40 Plus promotion standard
  • Simplified verification procedure for the KfW Efficiency House 55
  • KfW Efficiency House 70 promotion standard to be phased out
  • Maximum loan amount for each housing unit doubled to EUR 100,000
  • Promotion of construction supervision

KfW is updating its "Energy-Efficient Construction" programme on 1 April 2016. In addition to the existing KfW Efficiency House 55 and 40 standards, the new KfW Energy Efficiency House 40 Plus standard is being introduced: In doing so, buildings will be promoted that generate and store energy and thus primarily cover the remaining extremely low energy requirement. KfW is also proposing a simplified verification procedure for the KfW Efficiency House 55.

Due to the more stringent energy-related requirements of the German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV), the Efficiency House 70 promoted by KfW has approximately met the legal minimum requirements for new housing constructions since 2009. As there is no further incentive, the promotion of this standard in the "Energy-Efficiency Construction" programme will be phased out on 31 March 2016.

"The high percentage of the KfW Efficiency House 70 in new housing construction documents the construction standard that has increased considerably. In connection with the new requirements from the German Energy Saving Ordinance, it is the right time to concentrate the promotion upon more efficient standards. The following shall also apply in future: The more challenging the energy efficiency standard achieved, the greater the promotion from KfW," says Dr Ingrid Hengster, Member of the Executive Board of KfW Group.

Furthermore, KfW is doubling the maximum loan amount for building owners from EUR 50,000 to EUR 100,000. A 20-year fixed interest rate will also be offered.

The building owner also has a binding right to a grant for construction supervision. Here, the building owner receives 50% (max. EUR 4,000) of the costs for the specialist energy planning and construction supervision from an independent expert.

An overview of the new repayment bonus of the promotion standard:

  • KfW Efficiency House 40 Plus: 15% of the loan amount, up to EUR 15,000 for each housing unit
  • KfW Efficiency House 40: 10% of the loan amount, up to EUR 10,000 for each housing unit
  • KfW Efficiency House 55: 5% of the loan amount, up to EUR 5,000 for each housing unit

Information regarding promotion opportunities can be found on the web page www.kfw.de or obtained from KfW's Information Centre by calling +49 (0)800 539 9002 free of charge.


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