Owners opt for natural gas in new buildings
Wiesbaden/Kassel, 1 September 2014. Natural gas was once again the fuel of choice for German owner-builders in 2013, according to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office that were presented on 1 September in Wiesbaden. An ever-increasing number of households combine different energy sources and include renewable energy sources for heat generation.
According to the Federal Statistical Office report, 103,000 new residential buildings were constructed in Germany in 2013. In 50.6 % of them, natural gas was used as the primary heat source. Following by some considerable margin were heat pumps (32.2 %), local and district heating (7.1 %) and wood (5.0 %). Oil and electric heating were rarely used in new buildings (each less than 2 %).
The market share of natural gas in new buildings decreased somewhat between 2005 and 2010 but has stabilised at slightly above 50 % since 2010. In 2013, the number of new buildings with gas heating decreased by just 0.9 % compared to the previous year. The number of households using a combination of energy sources has continued to grow: the share of newly constructed residential buildings where more than one energy source is used for heat production increased from 33.6 % in 2011 to 41.1 % in 2013. Heat production relied completely or partially on renewable energy sources in 73.6 % of households in 2013, compared to 64.3 % in 2011.