The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication On the Road to Zero-Energy Buildings:
Commercial and Municipal Properties

Summary Report to the Conference of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) on 19 and 20 May 2015 in Berlin

Cover: On the Road to Zero-Energy Buildings

Editor: BBSR Series: Individual publication Published: March 2016


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The energy-efficient construction and renovation of so-called non-residential buildings – commercially used buildings as well as buildings of municipal and social infrastructure – is gaining in importance and receiving attention as well as support. It is against this background that representatives from politics, the business world and science discussed the following topics:

- Energy efficiency in non-residential buildings: Requirement, economic efficiency, realization
- Energy consultancy and energy audits for municipalities and businesses
- Investing in energy efficiency: financing and contracting

A total of 250 experts attended the public event, among them mainly (specialized) political representatives, representatives of the authorities, science, associations and professional experts.

Scientific support:
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
Division II 13 - Housing and Property Industry
Ute Birk ( )

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Division II B 5
Iris Gründemann

Research contractor:
EuPD Research, Bonn
in cooperation with Deutsches CleanTech Institut (DCTI), Bonn
Melanie Twrsnick


  • Session 1: Energy efficiency strategy for buildings – From a political and business point of view
  • Session 2: Energy-efficient non-residential buildings in research and practice
  • Session 3: Planning and investing ecologically and economically: Energy management and funding in municipalities and companies
  • Session 4: City – district – building: more energy efficiency and sustainability through cooperation
  • Summary of presentations and expert discussions
  • Posters and stands of exhibitors

This abstract is part of the following German special publication:

"Auf dem Weg zum Nullenergiehaus: Gewerbliche und kommunale Immobilien"
Editor: BBSR, Bonn, March 2016
ISBN 978-3-87994-173-5
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