12.01.2022 – 07:30
TÜV Association e. V.
+++ Independent audits make reliable statements about the energetic state +++ Buildings cause a third of the national greenhouse gas emissions +++ Position paper of the TÜV association names measures for climate neutrality in the building sector +++ Digital TÜV MeetUp “coalition agreement in the climate check” on 12. January +++
The TÜV association has called on the new federal government to make additional efforts to promote climate protection in the building sector. An important project is the revision of the energy performance certificates for buildings. “The currently available energy certificates hardly provide reliable information about the actual energetic state of a building,” says Juliane Petrich, policy and sustainability officer at the TÜV association. In addition, there are no comprehensive checks on ID cards or mandatory requirements for the energy-efficient renovation of buildings. Petrich: “The energy pass is a paper tiger with a marginal steering effect for climate protection.” From the point of view of the TÜV Association, the energy audit according to DIN EN 16427 and the energy management system according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 50001 are already effective instruments for determining the energy balance of a building and suggesting specific improvements. “The authorities should check whether the buildings meet the legal requirements and whether measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are being implemented,” emphasizes Petrich. For this, there must be clear guidelines as to the cases in which the homeowners have to carry out an energy-efficient renovation. Petrich: “Energy audits have already proven themselves well in the commercial sector and can also be applied to private buildings.” Depending on the type of building, the energy audits could be carried out once (single and two-family houses) or every four years (multi-family houses).
The building sector is to become CO2-neutral by 2045
For the TÜV association, in addition to the introduction of independent energy monitoring, the focus is on effective funding for modernization. Energy audits and the CO2 footprint of a building determined according to recognized standards should be the prerequisite for the award of subsidies. In addition, digital technologies need to play a bigger role in a sustainable building sector. “The increasing use of intelligent building technology can help to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of a building,” says Petrich. In addition, a digital platform should be set up that centrally maintains a building list from an energetic point of view. The energy values for demand and consumption as well as the current CO2 balance of the building must also be documented. The necessary remedial measures and their implementation should also be included in such a cadastre.
The new federal government wants to drive the sustainable transformation of the building sector much more consistently. “A sustainable building sector is essential for climate protection,” says Petrich. “Today residential buildings and commercial properties cause around a third of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. There is enormous potential here to save energy in the future.” The reduction of the energy requirement of buildings not only benefits the climate, but is also in the interests of companies and consumers, who benefit from lower operating costs. “Independent testing organizations can make an important contribution to the sustainable renovation of the building sector with energy audits, building technology tests or certification of building materials,” says Petrich. Residential and commercial buildings have a very long useful life and make a long-term contribution to the CO2 balance. Buildings should therefore be considered under the aspect of CO2 neutrality over their entire life cycle. “Buildings that are planned today must be built in an energy-efficient and sustainable manner with a view to the coming century,” explains Petrich. “It is also important to renovate the building stock in order to significantly reduce its energy and resource consumption.”
Digital MeetUp about the climate plans of the traffic light coalition on January 12th
We will talk about the planned measures of the new federal government for the ecological transformation of Germany on January 12, 2022 at our digital TÜV MeetUp with the title: “Coalition agreement in the climate check: How much climate protection is there?”. Our guests are Lisa Badum (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), Andreas Jung (CDU) and Dr. Lukas Koehler (FDP). The host is Dr. Dirk Stenkamp, President of the TÜV Association and CEO TÜV Nord. The discussion will be moderated by Juliane Petrich, Policy and Sustainability Officer at the TÜV Association.
The digital TÜV MeetUp will take place on January 12, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. To register for the live stream
About the TÜV association: The TÜV Association e. V. represents the political and professional interests of its members vis-à-vis politics, administration, business and the general public. The association is committed to technical and digital security for products, systems and services through independent tests and qualified training. With its members, the TÜV association aims to maintain the high level of technical security in our society and to create trust in the digital world.
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