Germany: New Year, Stricter Energy Rules

germanyNew construction rules that mandate more aggressive use of renewable energy became effective on the first day of the new year in Germany, according to Sun & Wind Energy.

The maximum amount of energy capacity in new buildings now is 25 percent lower than previously. The story provides insight from the Federal Association of Renewable Energies on which technologies may gain favor or be challenged by the new laws.

The group says that a pellet boiler and solar thermal system provide the lowest energy potential. Gas boilers are the least effective. Heat pump technologies stand to gain by the new rules. Geothermal pumps are the most effective, while air source pumps are not as efficient.

FuelCell Energy Solutions and E.ON Connecting Energies are partnering to develop CHP projects in Europe. The first product of the pact will be a 1.4 MW plant at the German headquarters and production facility of FRIATEC.

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2 thoughts on “Germany: New Year, Stricter Energy Rules

  1. Is the US Green Building Council voluntarily incorporating a higher level of codes? I believe they are revamping some of their standards. This could be a free market way of doing this. Can a knowledgeable person respond to my question? I also wonder what the effectiveness of USGBC codes are versus an Executive Order of some sort, how much time it takes to effect change with either approach.

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