KfW programmes to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings will be expanded as of 1 April
Ramsauer: KfW funds can also be used to improve the energy efficiency of club houses
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As of 1 April, the state funding for improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be expanded. The former restriction of the KfW funds to schools, as well as to facilities for children and young people ceases to apply.
"Now, all buildings fulfilling a municipal and social purpose can be upgraded with our funding. Club houses, town halls or hospitals are now eligible for funding, too. This is an important step in the effort to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and to relieve the municipalities’ overstrained budgets. After all, improving the energy efficiency of a building will reduce service charges considerably in the long run."
The minister went on to say that the measure was a step towards implementing the ambitious goals set by the Federal Government with its energy strategy.
The following applies to both of the KfW programmes "Energy efficient refurbishment – Municipalities" and "Social investment – Improving the energy efficiency of buildings": In the future, as a principle all non-residential buildings of the municipal and social infrastructure are eligible for funding. So far, funding had been restricted to schools, day care centres for children, gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools for schools as well as buildings for social work with children and young people. Now that the range of eligible buildings has been extended, municipal and non-profit agencies can benefit from low-interest loans for improving the energy efficiency of buildings such as town halls or hospitals, too. This also applies to club houses that are used all year round. By widening the scope of eligibility, municipalities as well as non-profit organisations and associations will be supported in their efforts to tackle climate change and protect the environment. At the same time, associations and sponsors of social facilities other than the local authorities will now be able to benefit from funding, too.