By Ray Galvin

Germany is visible as a pace-setter in thermal retrofit coverage and perform, yet how potent is its strategy? A serious Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy examines this coverage in context and assesses its effectiveness. It unearths that technical constraints and the prices of retrofitting decrease the speed of growth, whereas making plans underestimates the impact of person habit within the kind of rebound and prebound results. A key discovering is that reductions might be maximized inside a coverage that is familiar with the particular habit and motivation of families, the realm the place such a lot power rate reductions are already taking place.

The e-book indicates a brand new coverage paradigm that will inspire a greater stability of partial and entire retrofits, using loved ones habit alterations according to a greater realizing of gas saving motivation and gasoline cost elasticity. during this strategy, the thermal development 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 acceptable to construction typology and house owner budgets.

- advertise entire retrofits for purposes except monetary achieve, focusing as a substitute at the convenience and environmental merits of energy-efficient homes.

- make investments extra seriously in instructing families to warmth economically, studying from the prebound impact that allows you to maximize the application of the houses they at the moment occupy, and base payback time calculations on genuine consumption.

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

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2), retrofit strategies can differ between European countries not only in their implementation strategy (see Sects. 4) but also by the choice and depth of technical measures that are encouraged. Germany’s thermal retrofit policy can be described as a deep retrofit approach. The commitment to deep cuts in household heating energy is reinforced by the policy target of 80% GHG emission reduction by 2050, which has been directly translated into the building sector (see Chap. 2). The limitations of this approach are beginning to be recognized.

2 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive In early 2003, the European Parliament accepted Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EC 2003). One of the four key elements described in the Directive was the introduction of energy certificates for the existing building stock. The directive required that, by January 2006, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), not more than 10 years old, must be shown to prospective purchasers or tenants when a new or existing building is sold or let, including recommendations for improvements in energy performance.

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. In Chap. 6 we will consider these in detail. At this point we merely note the main findings. 0% of the housing stock (Diefenbach et al. 2010; Friedrich et al. 2007; Tschimpke 2011; Weiss et al.

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