May 17: New building energy efficiency law put on ice

May 2017

We reported last month that the GEG Building Energy Act had stalled with only a slim window of opportunity remaining for the law to pass before the federal elections this Fall.

However in the past month the legislation, which defines Germany’s implementation of the European Union’s nearly zero energy standard for public buildings, was not voted on by the federal cabinet and no agreement was reached in the coalition committee. It is now expected that the act will be considered again after the federal elections in September.

Under article 9 of the European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, all new buildings must be nearly zero energy buildings by December 31st, 2020 and new public buildings after December 31st, 2018.

We will of course keep you informed about the developments in Germany as they happen.

Read more:

BMUB: GEG Building Energy Act (in German)

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