Previously, the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, proposed the issuance of climate bonds with a guaranteed interest rate for citizens who want to invest in climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovations. A premium payable to home owners for scrapping inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters and major appliances was also proposed. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer previously proposed making the climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovation of older buildings tax deductible. (Source: Merkur, Clean Energy Wire, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Ministry_of_the_Interior,_Building_and_Community
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The current program provides an initial $500 discount on building permit fees to builders who conduct an energy evaluation of their house plans prior to construction, in order to identify and implement energy-efficient upgrades. An additional rebate is granted once a level of efficiency, within the BC Energy Step Code and EnerGuide Rating System, is achieved at the completion of construction. The building permit fees are returned to the builder based on an incremental scale of performance matching the BC Energy Step Code.
To date, 17 British Columbia communities have reportedly committed to implement Kimberley's standards following the step code model.
(Source: City of Kimberly, BC Local News, 7 Mar., 2018) City of Kimberley, Troy Pollock, Planning Services, (250) 427-9664,
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