The German Building Code – Energy Conservation Act

Berlin, Germany Climate sustainability, Energy performance-related building regulations


Another example of a powerful regulation is the German Building Code – Energy Conservation Act (Energieeinsparverordnung – EnEV)[1] – that requires the replacement of combustion units that are more than 30 years old. Furthermore, it requires the insulation of ceilings touching unheated roofs and of previously uninsulated hot water and heating pipes and their fittings in unheated spaces in case of an ownership change.

In most cases, building regulations related to energy efficiency primarily pursue environmental goals and need to be complemented by supporting financing schemes, for example, to avoid negative consequences for vulnerable households.

Actors involved

  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy



More information

[1] For details on the Energy Conservation Act, see (accessed on 7 October 2020).,transition%20in%20the%20buildings%20sector.&text=introduces%20the%20obligation%20of%20the,new%20buildings%20as%20of%202021.