Financial support for Passive Houses is becoming increasingly popular in a number of countries, making them more affordable to build than ever before. In Germany where financial support mechanisms for Passive Houses are particularly advanced, programmes are offered at the city, regional and national levels.
The German examples below serve to illustrate the possibilities and encourage uptake of such mechanisms in other countries. The information provided here is to be used as rough guide only. As such, iPHA cannot guarantee that it is either complete or up-to-date.
Ask your local authority whether any such funding exists in your region. If it doesn’t, feel free to take these German examples so as to encourage your local authority to start such a programme.
Should you know of any funding programmes in your region or better yet, links to them, please let iPHA know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, keyword: funding.
German support on the national level
What is funded: Passive Houses are funded for either “Energy Efficient Construction” and/or “Energy Efficient Retrofits”
Funder: KfW Bank
Funding type: low, fixed interest loans with no repayment on principal required during the first several years
Funding amount: Up to EUR 50,000 per housing unit for energy efficient construction and up to EUR 75,000 housing unit for energy efficient retrofits
Where to apply: local German banks
Who can apply: Private individuals, building companies, municipalities, and other public bodies
Combinable with other funding: yes, with the KfW Property Ownership Programme
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0) 1801 / 33 55 77
Fax: +49 (0) 30 / 202 64 55 49
Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30 - 18:30
Interest rates by fax: +49 (0) 69 / 74 31 42 14 Current Interest Rates (in German)
Funding programmes and financial aid at the regional, federal and EU level: www.foerderdatenbank.de (in German)
Funding databank for construction, retrofiting, rennovation and energy efficiency: www.foerderdata.de (in German)
Funding programmes for Passive Houses and energy efficient components: As Passive Houses are simply further developed low energy buildings, all funding applying to low energy homes can also be taken advantage of for Passive Houses.
German support on the regional level
Local funding programmes
What is funded: Passive House structures of 1 to 3, 4 to 7 and 8 or more housing units are funded with grants of EUR 5,000, EUR 7,500 and EUR 10,000 respectively.
Funder: The City of Friedrichshafen, Bureau of Environmental Protection
The City of Friedrichshafen
Bureau of Environmental Protection
Tel: +49 (0) 7541 / 203 - 15 01
Fax: +49 (0) 7541 / 203-339
What is funded: Single family Passive Houses are funded with a grant of EUR 10,000 EUR and apartment buildings with grants of EUR 70 per square metre, up to EUR 7,000 per living unit.
Funder: The City of Heidelberg, Bureau of Environmental Protection, Energy and Health
The City of Heidelberg
Bureau of Environmental Protection, Energy and Health
Tel: +49 (0) 6221 / 58 18 140; +49 (0) 6221 / 58 18 270,
Website: www.heidelberg.de/foerderprogramm (in German under Umwelt und Gesundheit)
What is funded: Passive Houses are funded with grants of up to EUR 5,000 for single and double family homes, and with grants of EUR 25 per square metre up to EUR 2,500 per living unit for apartment buildings.
Funder: The City of Ulm
The City of Ulm
Tel: +49 (0) 731 / 161 6102