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Apply for funding for new windows and entrance doors now

New windows?
You can get state funding!

Modernizing the energy characteristics of your own property is usually very expensive. All the better that funding is available for new windows and doors!

The state will help you with an extensive subsidy, subject to certain conditions. Take a look at our Advice Guide to see how the funding for replacement windows works in detail!

Funding for new windows –
the following grants are available:

Replacing your windows and doors are an excellent way to reduce heating costs. Modern windows with thermal insulation glazing prevent heat loss and significantly improve the energy balance of your home. The state is aware of this, and will therefore provide you with financial support for your project.

You have three options to choose from:

  • A grant from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle - BAFA)
  • A loan from the Reconstruction Loan Corporation (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau - KfW)
  • A tax bonus on income taxes

Depending on where you live and/or where you want to replace your windows, certain cities offer additional funding programs.

BAFA funding for individual measures

The BAFA is part of the Federal Ministry of the economics and Climate Protection (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz - BMWK). It is a government agency that finances building restoration in order to modernize the energy characteristics of a property.

Individual measures, such as replacing a window or entrance door, are eligible for funding if they subsequently improve energy efficiency. If this is the case, you will receive funding amounting to 15  percent of the eligible costs.

Important information:

  • The investment must be at least EUR 2,000. A single window will therefore not receive funding, but a high-quality entrance door will.
  • Costs eligible for funding must not exceed EUR 60,000 annually.
  • The maximum funding-eligible cost per building is EUR 600,000.
  • It is compulsory to hire an energy consultant.

The state will add a percent funding bonus if your project is a measure included in the Individual Restoration Roadmap (iSFP).

The BAFA will therefore give you a maximum subsidy of 20 percent, up to a maximum of EUR 12,000 of the eligible expenses. You can apply for the window funding with the help of your energy consultant before the start of the restoration. The funding for new windows also includes the installation of roller shutters or sun protection grilles.

KfW loan for complete restoration

Replacing windows is an individual measure. If you are converting your entire home into an energy-efficient home, you should consider the KfW 261 program. The KfW development bank provides cost-effective loans, including a government subsidy.

You can receive a loan of up to EUR 150,000 for creating an energy-efficient home. The subsidy program includes a repayment subsidy of up to 45 percent. The level of the subsidy will depend on how well you refurbish your home. The higher the level of energy efficiency, the higher the subsidy you will receive. Be sure to contact your energy consultant beforehand.

Tax bonus – a reduction in the cost of restoration

The tax bonus is another alternative to the subsidy options mentioned above. When costs are incurred during a restoration, the income tax is reduced over three years. Depending on how high your income tax is, you can cover up to 20 percent of the costs with this income tax reduction.

  • Years 1 and 2: 7 percent and maximum EUR 14,000
  • Year 3: 6 percent and maximum EUR 12,000
  • The overall cost of the restoration work must not exceed EUR 200,000.

A certificate from a specialist company is required for the manual work of the renovation. The use of an energy consultant is not mandatory. It is also possible to report the restoration at a later date. The taxpayer must live in the property themselves.

Window requirements –
The following windows are eligible for funding

Window replacements in new builds as well as in old buildings are allowed. However, the window subsidy will only be approved if your new windows and doors include certain characteristics. These mainly involve the so-called U-value, the insulation value of the window. This is a value that describes how much heat the window allows to escape.

  • For a window replacement including the frame: Windows with a U-value of 0.95 W/m²K (heat transfer coefficient) and skylights with a U-value of 1.0 W/m²K. This refers to the insulation value for the entire window (Uw-value) and not only to the value for the pane (Ug-value).
  • For window pane replacement not including the frame: The U-value is 1.3 W/m²K

Conditions that must be met:

  • The U-value of the house wall must be higher than that of the window. Why? Condensation will form on the wall, which often leads to damage. If the U-values are not met, the façade must first be insulated.
  • The new window must be more airtight than the old design.

Getting funding for your new entrance door

The subsidies mentioned above also apply to entrance doors. You can create an energy-efficient home with funding for a new entrance door or side entrance doors. The U-value must be 1.3 W/m²K in order to receive financial assistance.

How do you apply for funding
for new windows and entrance doors?

An energy consultant will advise you and take care of the entire application process. An “energy efficiency expert” is required in order to receive funding for windows from the BAFA and KfW, and is recommended anyway. Any questions you may have will be clarified during the consultation, and all of the work will be done for you. It is possible to submit an application by yourself, but it is a lot of effort. Using a consultant makes things significantly simpler.

Find the right windows and doors
with UNILUX!

UNILUX help you with your window replacement. As an experienced manufacturer of windows and doors, we produce highly energy-efficient models that are also surefire winners thanks to their soundproofing insulation. Our UNILUX specialist partners will advise you on the various window subsidies and solutions. Find a local contact person in your area with our UNILUX partner search.