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OVERVIEW - National Programmes to Stimulate the Energy Efficiency Market

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OVERVIEW - National Programmes to Stimulate the Energy Efficiency Market

To ensure that the building sector can take full advantage of the opportunities Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs) present, EU Member States can step up their efforts by either creating optimal market conditions for renovation and/or by financially supporting energy efficiency measures.


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Energiesprong: for an energy-neutral built environment in the Netherlands

Since 2010 the five year innovation/implementation program Energiesprong (Energy Leap) helps to create market conditions for an energy neutral built environment in the Netherlands. This program is operated by Platform31. The program focuses on new buildings and renovation, in residential and non-residential buildings and at district level. The program promotes demand for renovation and also facilitates the development of high level renovation concepts for the market. Recently the Energiesprong program helped to broker a deal to renovate 111,000 dwellings. Knowledge-transfer takes place through learning while doing. Additional best practices are shared through IEA Annexes 40 and 56.


Greece: Building the Future

Building the Future is an ambitious energy efficiency programme planning over 3 million energy saving interventions in Greek residential and commercial buildings by 2020. The first phase of the programme will be completed in July 2014, while the entire programme is planned to be completed in year 2020. The programme is a partnership between the public and private sector, aiming to provide citizens that wish to refurbish their buildings, with certified, high-standard products at better prices than current market prices. Eligible interventions are for residential buildings and commercial buildings. All eligible products and suppliers are listed on the Building the Future website.

The Building the Future programme is implemented at three levels: 1) Large scale interventions, 2) Demonstration actions, and 3) Research and innovation.


Bulgaria: Residential Energy Efficiency Credit Line

The REECL loans and incentive grants are available to REECL borrowers until 31 July 2014. The total number of energy efficiency home improvement projects to be financed under the REECL facility is expected to be in the range of 30,000.

In order to qualify for the incentive grants, applicants need to use eligible products and materials.


Germany: KfW Effizienzhaus (‘KfW Efficiency House’)

German building owners can receive financial support for new energy-efficient buildings by the state-owned KfW Bank. When reaching the KfW efficiency house standard 40, 55 or 70 improved loan conditions (lower interest rates and repayment bonuses) are offered. The energy quality is measured by the annual primary energy demand and the heat transmission loss in comparison with the national requirements for new buildings. A KfW efficiency house standard 40 needs only 40 % of the maximum allowed primary energy use of a regular new building. Since end of 2013 the programme includes stricter quality testing including on-site visits.

Financial support for the energy refurbishment of existing houses is available as well.


Lithuania: The Programme for the renovation/upgrading of multi-apartment buildings

The Programme provides support to both energy efficiency improvement measures and to other building renovation/upgrading measures, including:

  • Major repairs or reconstruction of the heating systems and hot and cold water supply systems;
  • Replacement of windows and exterior doors;
  • Roof thermal insulation, including installation of new sloping roofs (excluding construction of attic premises);
  • Glassing of balconies (loggia) under a unified project;
  • Thermal insulation of exterior walls, cellar ceilings and wall bases; and
  • Installation of the equipment for alternative energy sources (sun, wind etc.).

The monitoring authority of the Programme is the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania.


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