Energy efficiency; application for a loan with repayment subsidy for energy-efficient refurbishment of commercial buildings

If you invest in the energy-efficient refurbishment of commercial buildings, you can apply for a loan with a repayment subsidy under certain conditions.

Description

Prerequisites

Applications may be submitted by:

  • domestic and foreign commercial enterprises, the majority of which are privately owned
  • freelance professionals, e.g. doctors, tax consultants, architects
  • Companies that provide (energy) services to commercial buildings under a contracting agreement.

Further requirements:

  • You must be creditworthy
  • the building must be used for commercial purposes.
  • Your measure must meet the requirement for the following standards:
    • KfW efficiency building 70
      or
    • KfW efficiency building 100
      or
    • KfW efficiency building listed building

Procedure

You must submit your application through a financing partner.

  • Plan your measure with an energy efficiency expert. Find an energy efficiency expert near you on the website of the German Energy Agency (dena).
  • Fill out the application confirmation online - preferably together with your expert.
  • Talk to your financing partner (for example, the bank where you want to take out your financing) about including a subsidised loan. They will advise you on which documents are required and will submit the application to KfW on your behalf.
  • Once KfW has approved your application for funding, you conclude a loan agreement with your financing partner.
  • As soon as the approval for your subsidy has been received, you can begin with the construction work or conclude the purchase contract.
  • Depending on the progress of construction, your financing partner will pay you the loan in one sum or in instalments.
  • When you have completed the measure, you must provide proof to your financing partner,
    • that you have spent the money from the loan on the planned measure and
    • that your measure meets the standard for KfW-efficient buildings.
  • Your financing partner checks and confirms your evidence and forwards it to KfW.
  • If KfW has also checked the evidence, you will receive the repayment subsidy as a credit to your loan account. This reduces your loan term.

Note:
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for additional grants from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for advice from an energy efficiency expert.

Deadlines

  • Application: before the start of the measure
  • Call period of the loan: within 12 months after loan approval, an extension to a maximum of 36 months is possible.
  • Commitment fee: You do not pay a commitment fee for the first 12 months after approval.
  • Proof of use of funds: within 15 months after full disbursement of the loan

Processing time

  • for processing the application: usually 3 to 5 days.

Notice:
You can start implementing the measure immediately after you have been approved for your funding.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    When submitting your application, you must submit:

    • Confirmation of application
    • Declaration on the size of your company
      • Simplified self-declaration for SMEs (KfW form number 600 000 0095) for independent enterprises without links to other enterprises
        or
      • Self-declaration SME (KfW form number 600 000 0196) with information sheet on SME definition
    • If you are applying for funding with de minimis support, the following information is also required:
      • Annex "De-minimis" declaration by the applicant on "de-minimis" aid already received (KfW form number 600 000 0075)

    When you have completed your measure, you must submit the following documents:

    • Confirmation after completion

  • "Confirmation of application" form on the KfW website
  • Further forms on the KfW website (under Forms and Downloads)

Fees

    • Not applicable

Status:16.04.2023

Responsible for editing:Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

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