A Critical Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy: by Ray Galvin

By Ray Galvin

Germany is obvious as a pacesetter in thermal retrofit coverage and perform, yet how powerful is its process? A serious Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy examines this coverage in context and assesses its effectiveness. It reveals that technical constraints and the prices of retrofitting decrease the speed of development, whereas making plans underestimates the impression of person habit within the kind of rebound and prebound results. A key discovering is that mark downs might be maximized inside of a coverage that knows the particular habit and motivation of families, the world the place so much power rate reductions are already taking place.

The ebook indicates a brand new coverage paradigm that may inspire a greater stability of partial and finished retrofits, using loved ones habit alterations in response to a greater realizing of gasoline saving motivation and gas expense elasticity. during this technique, the thermal construction laws will be made extra versatile in order that policymakers would:

- advertise partial, transitional and cost-optimal retrofits, that are extra bound to pay again via gas reductions in the event that they are applicable to development typology and home-owner budgets.

- advertise accomplished retrofits for purposes except financial achieve, focusing in its place at the convenience and environmental merits of energy-efficient homes.

- make investments extra seriously in teaching families to warmth economically, studying from the prebound impact so that it will maximize the application of the houses they at present occupy, and base payback time calculations on genuine consumption.

The effects and findings of this ebook will be of curiosity to policymakers, researchers and graduate scholars alike.

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The first Environmental Programme in Germany dates back to 1971, and in 1994 the principle of sustainable development was laid down in the German Constitution in terms of ‘bearing responsibility for future generations’. The National Climate Protection Programme (NCPP) identified the retrofit of existing buildings as a priority (BMU 2000). Apart from new-build regulations, most EU countries have adopted voluntary and market-led policies for building energy efficiency, relying heavily on the environmental conscience of market parties.

Germany and Finland, for example, rely heavily on technical fixes and deep retrofits, though there are technical and economic difficulties with the depth of thermal improvement demanded. All European policies seem to lack tools to address the energy saving potential of behavioral change, although based on evidence to date occupant behavior can have important implications for the effectiveness of policy instruments. 1 Introduction Chapter 2 outlined the development of the key elements of Germany’s thermal retrofit policy.

4% compared to 2000 levels, and the heat index (kWh/m3) by 7% (Hekkilä et al. 2005). Average electricity consumption had stabilized in 2004 to the 2000 level, and the aim was to turn the trend to decline in 2005. Nevertheless, financial support in the estate sector was mostly given for energy audits, whereas the implementation of the improvements suggested by the audits has been very slow. Again this reflects the problem of moving from energy certificates to actually implementing the recommended measures.

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