Thermal renovation will receive even more funding in 2023 - An overview!
"Get out of oil and gas" programme will be continued - a total of around two billion euros will be available until 2026.
The comprehensive renovation offensive of the Ministry of Climate Protection (BMK) will continue in the new year. The focus is on the one hand on the replacement of old oil and gas heating systems and on the other hand on the thermal refurbishment of poorly insulated houses. Both measures make an important contribution to saving natural gas and are thus an important step towards energy independence. They also make an important contribution to reducing energy costs. A total of almost two billion euros is available for this purpose until 2026.
"Every well-insulated house and every replaced heating system is an important contribution to our energy independence. That is why we are significantly increasing the funding for renovation," said Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler. With the improved "get out of gas" subsidy, we are creating additional opportunities to switch to climate-friendly heating alternatives - also in multi-storey residential buildings. "Building renovation and the switch to clean heating are thus easier and more attractive than ever before."
2023 will bring above all significantly higher subsidies for thermal renovation. The subsidy rates will increase from a maximum of 30 to a maximum of 50 percent. The sums of the federal government's renovation lump sums will also be increased. In addition, the respective federal states will also provide further subsidies.
If insulation material made from renewable raw materials is used, a supplement can also be granted. A maximum of 50 % of the total eligible costs can be funded.
The "Raus aus Gas" bonus is also still valid. Anyone who replaces their gas heating system with a modern, climate-friendly heating system receives a federal subsidy of 9,500 euros. Because every replaced gas heating system helps us to reduce gas consumption and strengthens the independence of our energy supply.
If you replace a fossil oil heating system, you will still receive 7,500 euros. In addition to these subsidies, there are also additional subsidies offered by the federal states. There have also been improvements in implementation. The period between registration and application - which takes place as soon as the new heating system is installed - will be extended from 6 to 12 months from 2023 onwards, which is a reaction to the high demand and the temporary supply bottlenecks at the manufacturers.
Balance sheet 2022 Heating system replacement and thermal renovation: In 2022, a total of 98,138 applications and registrations were made in the course of the renovation offensive. Around 80 percent were for heating system replacements by private individuals. In the case of the "Get out of oil and gas" subsidy, 58,782 applications and 20,816 registrations were recorded for single-family houses, and 5,665 for multi-storey residential buildings. 11,556 of the subsidies for thermal building renovation were for single-family houses, 455 for multi-storey residential buildings and 864 for businesses.
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Thermal insulation materials from renewable raw materials
Thermal insulation in buildings helps to reduce CO2 emissions caused by the use of fossil fuels for heat generation. However, since CO2 is also released during the production of insulation materials (see UZ 43 "Rigid foam insulating materials made from polymer raw materials"), one should switch to insulation materials made of renewable raw materials with the Ecolabel in areas of application where this is possible and reasonable.
The Ecolabel guarantees for insulation materials in this product group:
- they consist of at least 75 percent renewable raw materials such as cellulose, flax, sheep's wool or hemp
- they do not contain any raw materials or additives that are hazardous to health or the environment
- testing according to relevant standards ensures fitness for use and safety of application.
- In addition, the relative environmental friendliness of these products is assessed by ecological indicators.
Mineral thermal insulation materials
Thermal insulation makes a major contribution to climate protection through the associated energy savings. When used optimally, far more CO2 and other greenhouse gases are saved than are caused by the production of the insulation materials. However, there are differences in the materials used in this process (see UZ 43 "Rigid foam insulation boards made from polymer raw materials" and UZ 44 "Thermal insulation materials made from renewable raw materials"). Mineral raw materials are available in practically unlimited quantities.
The mineral insulation materials with the Ecolabel were produced with low energy input and do not contain any substances that are hazardous to the environment or health. Insulation materials made of glass have a recycled content of at least 51 percent.
The insulating materials have been tested according to the respective standards, meet all requirements for fitness for use, comply with the specified limit values and are approved as building materials. Also important for obtaining the Ecolabel is a detailed product declaration for proper and optimal installation as well as application instructions such as dust-tight installation indoors and the avoidance of thermal bridges.
Rigid foam insulating materials made from polymer raw materials
Thermal insulation in buildings contributes significantly to climate protection through the associated lower consumption of mostly fossil fuels. But foam boards not only reduce CO2 emissions, their production using partially halogenated hydrocarbons produces 600 to 3000 times more CO2 than foams using alternative blowing agents or unhalogenated hydrocarbons.
Although it is still almost impossible to do without insulation materials made from fossil raw materials for applications exposed to moisture, such as flat roofs, exterior basement walls or base insulation, with the help of the Ecolabel it is possible to choose foams that are produced entirely without fully or partially halogenated organic compounds as blowing agents. Similarly, substances that are hazardous to the environment and health are subject to strict restrictions.
All awarded products have been tested with regard to quality and application safety, and the manufacturing companies have a waste management concept or an environmental management system.
External thermal insulation composite systems
Thermal insulation of buildings saves fossil fuels and reduces CO2 emissions from threatening overheating of the earth. Exterior walls are therefore covered with thermal insulation composite systems, which show considerable differences in environmental performance - greenhouse potential, problematic contamination and health hazards due to the chemicals used, the blowing agents and flame retardants, the waste eco-balance after use. In addition, poorly executed installations lead to high maintenance and renovation costs during use, which can destroy hoped-for effects on climate, energy and the environment.
Ecolabel thermal insulation composite systems are tested and evaluated and have the following characteristics:
- High durability, maintenance and refurbishment resistance.
- Environmentally friendly materials
- No biocides to prevent algae, fungi, lichens
- No hazardous chemicals, flame retardants or blowing agents
- Optical durability due to resistance to greying
- statements on the ecological balance of product manufacture
- quality assurance / proper execution of work
- optimal waste eco-balance and maximum recycling management
The materially suitable components of an Ecolabel ETICS may only be used in a suitable construction (planning) and installed by trained specialists according to detailed specifications.
StoTherm Wood - Climate-neutral external thermal insulation composite system with renewable insulation material. Coypright Sto Austria.