Helaba is active in a number of ways in the field of energy efficient buildings and makes a practical contribution to achieving Germany’s climate goals.
As a major residential property company, GWH Immobilien Holding GmbH pays strict attention to sustainability in the new construction, refurbishment and operation of its approximately 50,000 apartments. Home trends such as smart homes and supporting the transition to renewable energy are at the focus of its activities. For its existing property portfolio, it invests in insulation, energy-efficient window replacement and energy-saving heating technology. In 2016, GWH invested around EUR 59 million in modernisation and maintenance in order to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to protecting the climate.
OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH fulfils both ecological as well as sociocultural requirements in the project development and project management of new construction projects thanks to a catalogue of planning, building and operating criteria. The majority of OFB’s projects significantly exceeds the requirements of the German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV).
In future, almost all projects are expected to be built and equipped in accordance with the sustainability criteria of the Ger-man Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED, according to the US Green Building Council, USGBC). OFB is a member of both DGNB and USGBC. The possibility for sustainability certification according to their standards (DGNB and USGBC) is determined as early as during the acquisition phase of a new project.
As the development bank of the State of Hesse, Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturbank Hessen (WIBank) has a particular obligation to act in a socially responsible way. For this reason, issues of sustainability, such as energy efficiency, conserving resources and protecting the environment as well as the long-term social and economic development of the State of Hesse, play a key role in WIBank’s promotional loan activities.
Private owner-occupiers are able to take advantage of the subsidised Hesse building loan, for example when building a passive house. Innovative start-ups and companies have the possibility to top up their equity using investment capital. In this way, they are able to realise investments with the aim of conserving resources, protecting the environment, reducing CO2 emissions and tackling climate change.
Using subsidies, WIBank enables small and medium-sized enterprises to invest in reducing their CO2 emissions. Moreover, it supports local authorities with the goal of equipping new public buildings with particularly high energy efficiency standards.
The financing of energy efficient building renovation work is a central business field for Landesbausparkasse (LBS) Hessen-Thüringen. One example is the product LBS-Energiekredit, which enables owners of houses and apartments to carry out energy-efficient renovation work.