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New benefit system for eco-friendly building
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New benefit system for eco-friendly building

20.12.2012 From our online archive
From 2013 to 2016 a new set of benefit regulations for sustainable construction and renovation, with subsidies increasing by up to 50 percent, will come into effect.

(CS) From 2013 to 2016 a new set of benefit regulations for sustainable construction and renovation, with subsidies increasing by up to 50 percent, will come into effect.

Support from the state can increase by up to 10,000 euros under the new regulations for renovation work to improve sustainability on existing buildings. Benefits for new buildings will also increase.

Some of the measures for renovations include:

  • Controlled ventilation systems with heat recovery get subsidised with up to 6,000 euros in comparison to the current maximum of 3,000 euros.
  • Benefits for central heating systems running on pellets or wood chips will increase from 30 to 40 percent to a maximum of 5,000 euros, from 4,000 euros.
  • Money for geothermal heat pumps increases from 40 to 50 percent, or a maximum of 8,000 euros per family home. Additionally, AAA air to water pumps will be subsidised.

Newly constructed homes can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Subsidies for AAA (zero energy) homes will continue until the end of 2014. From then onwards there will be tax reductions from 160 euros per square metre to 70 euros per square metre.
  • BBB (low energy) homes will no longer be subsidised from the end of 2013 onwards.
  • For all family homes the first 150 square metres will be subsidised.

Meanwhile, subsidies for solar panel installations will shrink due to a lowering of prices in the cost of the panels and their installation. Solar panels for hot water will now be subsidised with 2,500 euros and solar panels which also contribute to heating with 4,000 euros.

The state will also shell out 1,000 euros towards the obligatory energy consultation.

Regulations will also be put into place for homes that received their construction permit before the end of 2012 to be able to benefit from the new regulations. This will affect zero and low-energy homes, as well as energy renovations.