Germany’s construction industry is featured as one of the pillars of the nation’s economy as it has the chance to thrive in a stable economic climate with a focus on progressive energy efficiency. As Europe’s largest construction market, Germany boasts the continent’s most extensive building stock, thus contributing significantly to the sector’s robust revenues that surged by 5.9% to €143 billion in 2020. The proceeding years have shaken up the landscape, but experts agree that it will be a short-lived challenge.
In a bid to revolutionize building renovations, Germany has embraced the Energiesprong serial renovation principle, championed by the German Energy Agency (dena). This innovative approach receives dedicated support, with dena providing coaching and backing for startups engaged in pioneering pilot projects. It’s a way to reuse old constructions and thrust them into the 21st century. Germany’s construction and HVAC sectors benefit from the direction towards new, energy-efficient construction and a vast building stock with immense potential. Germany aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, five years ahead of its previous target. The government has allocated over €2.5 billion to support energy-efficient renovation and construction, fostering the growth of green buildings.
A pressing need for updating underscores Germany’s construction landscape. As of today, 63% of the building stock predates 1979 – a significant factor in the decision to change. First to enable economic growth. Second, to meet sustainability goals. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report, the country ranks third globally on the Global Competitiveness Index, earning the distinction of a “super innovator.”
Further innovation is spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, which has outlined a roadmap for Digital Design and Construction, whose goal is to enforce the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the standard planning tool going forwards.