Energy poverty affects health – also in Germany. Minimum standards for rental properties can provide relief. In a joint factsheet, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) recommend the introduction of minimum energy performance standards for rental buildings. The paper summarises an evaluation of relevant literature. Although the data does not reveal the full extent of energy poverty, the findings are nevertheless clear: energy poverty is an issue in Germany and those affected are almost exclusively tenants. In other words, the people who suffer most from the problems ensuing from energy poverty, such as respiratory diseases or increased risk of stroke, have the least ability to trigger change or implement energy renovations to address the problem at hand.
“Building renovation is a win-win-win strategy. It improves quality of life, reduces healthcare costs and protects the climate,” said Oliver Rapf, Managing Director of BPIE. “Binding minimum standards should therefore be implemented to encourage deep renovation.”
“Other countries have applied minimum standards to the most inefficient buildings for quite some time to drive refurbishment. The financing mechanism can be designed to avoid additional financial burdens for the landlords and tenants,” explains Dr Jan Rosenow, European Programme Director at RAP.
Instead of viewing refurbishment as a cost driver, it should be recognised as an efficient and effective solution to social housing issues.
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe is a European not-for-profit think-tank with a focus on independent analysis and knowledge dissemination, supporting evidence-based policy making in the field of energy performance in buildings. It delivers policy analysis, policy advice and implementation support.
The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)® is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future.
– BYinnovation is Partner of BPIE Buildings Performance Institute Europe