Philipp Rösler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, stated:"Improving the energy characteristics of buildings is a key to the success of our energy reforms. Our grants towards advice and our assistance to help people improve the energy characteristics of their buildings are closely integrated and make an important contribution towards energy efficiency. By increasing the grants available for expert advice on energy, we are providing owners of residential property with additional incentives to modernise their buildings.This is another important step towards realising the objective of a largely climate-neutral building stock by 2050."
In future, energy advisors will have to meet stricter requirements in terms of qualifications.All the advisors included on the List of Energy Efficiency Experts for the Federal Government's assistance programmes must demonstrate that they have regularly updated their training. Energy advisers must now develop a modernisation concept and a roadmap of measures for each building they analyse. It is also to become easier for the owner to attain the standard of an efficient energy-saving building in separate stages.
The programme is open to private individuals and small and medium-sized firms. Support is available for residential property where the application for a building permit was submitted prior to 31 December 1994.