Growth and stability in construction
Germany’s booming construction industry benefits from a stable economy and investment climate and a progressive focus on energy efficiency that is supported by the market and by the federal government.
The construction market is booming in Germany.Annual investment in construction has been growing steadily since 2015.
Germany’s HVAC (heating, cooling, air conditioning) industry is also strong. 2020 saw 842,000 heating systems sold in the domestic market alone. Heat pump sales were up 40 percent at 120,000 and solar-thermal installations were up 26 percent by area.
Green and smart solutions
The Energiesprong serial building renovation principle is taking shape in Germany under the guidance of the German energy agency dena. They are supporting innovative businesses and startups with coaching and in securing pilot projects.
Germany offers businesses in the construction and HVAC sectors both momentum in new, energy-efficient construction and a vast building stock that offers huge potential.
Ambitious goalsGermany aims to be carbon-neutral by 2045, five years earlier than previously planned.
Green buildingsGerman government supports energy-efficient renovation and construction with more than 2.5 billion euros.
ModernisationMore than 13 million heating systems installed in Germany are considered inefficient.
A need to update63 percent of Germany’s building stock was constructed before 1979.
The German market for smart home systems is growingExpected growth of Networking and Control Systems (NCS) in households:
Solid support for R&D
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Competitiveness Report, Germany ranks third in the world on its Global Competitiveness Index. The WEF also classes Germany as a "super innovator" that spends 2.9 percent of GDP on R&D.
Efficiency and technology unite
Building Information ModelingThe Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has developed a Road Map for Digital Design and Construction, aiming for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to be the standard planning tool for federal infrastructure projects by 2020.
Increasing use of BIMOne third of companies with projects worth more than EUR 25 million already use BIM.
Diverse collaboration16 BIM clusters, including architects, companies and scientists, are collaborating to increase the frequency of BIM implementation.
Opportunities for companiesThere are opportunities for international companies who can offer BIM software that is accessible to smaller companies.
The German building market is moving towards energy efficiency. Heat pumps have replaced gas as the most common primary heating technology in new residential buildings. More than two-thirds of all new residential buildings completed in 2019 are wholly or partially heated using renewable sources.
Germany’s building sector is characterized by steady growth and record levels of funding for efficient solutions. Further efficiency savings will be made in the coming years, especially in existing stock, as the country moves towards its climate commitments.