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  • Refereed essays Web of Science

    Green or Greedy: The Relationship between Perceived Benefits and Homeowners’ Intention to Adopt Residential Low-carbon Technologies

    Transitioning to a net-zero economy requires a nuanced understanding of homeowners’ decision-making pathways when considering the adoption of Low Carbon Technologies (LCTs). These LCTs present both personal and collective benefits, with positive perceptions critically influencing attitudes and intentions. Our study analyses the relationship between two primary benefits: the household-level financial ...

    In: Energy Research & Social Science 108 (2024), 103388, 14 S. | Fabian Scheller, Karyn Morrissey, Karsten Neuhoff, Dogan Keles
  • DIW focus

    Accelerate thermal modernization of buildings with minimum standards for buildings and binding retrofitting targets

    The energy and climate crisis enhance the need for energy savings. In the building sector, these savings can be achieved primarily through thermal retrofitting. So far, progress in this area has been slow. To date, less than one percent of the residential building stock in Germany is retrofitted each year. The existing support programs alone offer too little reliability for the necessary...

    13.03.2023| Sophie Behr, Merve Küçük, Karsten Neuhoff
  • DIW focus 9 / 2023

    Accelerate Thermal Modernization of Buildings with Minimum Standards for Buildings and Binding Retrofitting Targets

    The energy and climate crisis enhance the need for energy savings. In the building sector, these savings can be achieved primarily through thermal retrofitting. So far, progress in this area has been slow. To date, less than one percent of the residential building stock in Germany is retrofitted each year. The existing support programs alone offer too little reliability for the necessary investments ...

    2023| Sophie Behr, Merve Küçük, Karsten Neuhoff
  • Diskussionspapiere 2048 / 2023

    Scenario Analysis for Net Zero: The Applicability of Climate Neutrality Studies for Transitioning Firms in the German Building Sector and Energy-Intensive Industry

    Various stakeholders are increasingly encouraging companies from the real economy to adopt measures facilitating their transition towards carbon neutrality. In this context, companies are expected to implement forward-looking strategies and climate-related reporting practices using scenario analysis aligned with scientific evidence and credible pathways to net zero carbon emissions. This paper examines ...

    2023| Fernanda Ballesteros, Franziska Schütze, Catherine Marchewitz, Alexandra Hüttel
  • Infographic

    Heating energy down slightly, climate targets still not met

    26.10.2022
  • DIW Weekly Report 42/43/44 / 2022

    Heat Monitor 2020 and 2021: Heating Energy Consumption down Slightly but Climate Targets Still Not Met

    The building sector plays a major role when it comes to meeting climate targets. An analysis by DIW Berlin based on data from energy provider ista SE shows that in the past two years both the temperature-adjusted heat consumption in German multi-apartment buildings and the temperature-adjusted CO2 emissions have dropped slightly. As positive as this decrease is—despite the increase in homeworking due ...

    2022| Till Köveker, Mats Kröger, Franziska Schütze
  • DIW Weekly Report 35/36 / 2019

    Heat Monitor 2018: Rising Heating Energy Demand, Thermal Retrofit Rate Must Increase

    Residential heating accounts for almost one-fifth of Germany’s final energy consumption. This report evaluates an extensive database of heating bills for buildings with two or more apartments, representing more than two-thirds of the total housing stock in Germany. Despite commitments to pressing climate targets, the rate of thermal upgrades of the existing housing stock has remained low since the ...

    2019| Puja Singhal, Jan Stede
  • Economic Bulletin

    2016 Heat Monitor: "Second rent" lower despite higher heating energy consumption

    Residential heating is responsible for one-fifth of Germany’s energy consumption. Heating costs were around 562 euros per year for an average apartment in 2016, which is more than a 13th month’s rent minus heating costs (Kaltmiete). These are the findings of the 2016 Heat Monitor, published by the German Institute for Economic Research and ista Deutschland GmbH. The report presents evaluations ...

    20.09.2017| Claus Michelsen
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 38 / 2017

    2016 Heat Monitor: "Second Rent" Lower Despite Higher Heating Energy Consumption

    Residential heating is responsible for one-fifth of Germany’s energy consumption. Heating costs were around 562 euros per year for an average apartment in 2016, which is more than a 13th month’s rent minus heating costs (Kaltmiete). These are the findings of the 2016 Heat Monitor, published by the German Institute for Economic Research and ista Deutschland GmbH. The report presents evaluations based ...

    2017| Claus Michelsen, Nolan Ritter
  • Press Release

    German construction industry booming despite decline in energy-efficient refurbishment

    DIW Berlin’s construction volume calculations: construction industry remains a key pillar of the German economy—need for action in energy-efficient refurbishment and in accommodating refugees The construction industry remains a key pillar of the German economy: buildings worth a total of around 338 billion euros will have been constructed or modernized in Germany by the end of this year—2.7 ...

    02.12.2015
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