361 million grants
Record contributions paid for building services in 2021
In 2021, the federal and cantonal buildings program once again paid out a record amount for renovations and new buildings: CHF 361 million. The lion’s share of CHF 126 million went into thermal insulation, with building services showing the greatest growth.
In 2021, record sums were contributed to building renovations.
The subsidies for building technology projects rose by 70 percent compared to 2020 to CHF 106 million, as the Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) announced on Tuesday. They took second place behind thermal insulation.
Over the entire lifetime of the projects funded in 2021, the energy consumption of the Swiss building stock will fall by 6.5 billion kilowatt hours and CO₂ emissions by around 1.8 million tons. The reductions became cheaper. For each ton of CO₂ avoided, the program spent 196 francs after 207 in the previous year.
Many new heaters
After insulation and building services, the building program supported system renovations with CHF 81.4 million. The renovation of the building shell is often accompanied by a change of the heating system.
In total, 14,000 fossil heating systems could be replaced with renewable energies in the year under review. Heat pumps were the most common. A further CHF 15.9 million was spent on indirect information, communication, education and quality assurance measures.
Promotion is required
The Confederation and the cantons expect continued high demand. According to the SFOE, the cantons have continuously increased their funding contributions in recent years. In 2021, they were able to use practically all of the CHF 490 million available for projects. The funds will be paid out over the next five years.
At CHF 155 million, the largest part of the funding granted goes to building services projects. As a result, 18,700 fossil-fuel heaters can be replaced. Another 1,100 heaters are to be replaced by system renovations.
More money ready for 2022
According to the SFOE, the positive trend will continue in 2022. In addition to the cantonal funds of 177 million, the federal government paid out 411 million from the partial earmarking of the CO₂ tax. The Confederation thus exhausted all funds originating from the partial earmarking. With a total of CHF 588 million, more money than ever before is available for the building program. (SDA)