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

By Ray Galvin

Germany is noticeable as a pace-setter in thermal retrofit coverage and perform, yet how potent is its procedure? 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 lessen the speed of development, whereas making plans underestimates the impression of consumer habit within the type of rebound and prebound results. A key discovering is that mark downs might be maximized inside of a coverage that is familiar with the particular habit and motivation of families, the world the place such a lot power reductions are already taking place.

The publication indicates a brand new coverage paradigm that will inspire a greater stability of partial and entire retrofits, using family habit adjustments in accordance with a greater knowing of gas saving motivation and gasoline fee elasticity. during this method, 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 rate reductions in the event that they are applicable to construction typology and home-owner budgets.

- advertise accomplished retrofits for purposes except fiscal achieve, focusing as an alternative at the convenience and environmental advantages of energy-efficient homes.

- make investments extra seriously in instructing families to warmth economically, studying from the prebound impact with a view to maximize the software of the houses they at the moment occupy, and base payback time calculations on real consumption.

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

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There is an ongoing discussion among policymakers as to whether ‘broader is better than deeper’: will more energy be saved by allowing modest, inexpensive thermal up grades, or by restricting thermal upgrades only to strict standards that are inevitably expensive? We will return to this point in Chaps. 6 and 9. 6 Achievements and the 80% Goal Throughout Germany one sees examples of residential buildings renovated to high thermal standards. de). Two types of studies track the effectiveness of Germany’s thermal retrofit policy: those tracking the annual rate of thermal retrofit, and those investigating the depth of fuel savings achieved.

A strategy for making positive fiscal instruments more effective, and their effects more measurable, is to connect them to the energy reduction targets of voluntary agreements. This policy has been adopted for example in relation to the social housing sector in the Netherlands (see Sunikka and Boon 2004). In Finland’s National Climate Strategy and its associated Energy Conservation Programme, voluntary energy conservation agreements play a central role in the implementation of energy policy. Energy conservation agreements are framework agreements made between the Ministry of Trade and Industry (KTM) and various sector organizations, including the real estate sector, though excluding private households.

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