Sustainability is in demand!

The percentage of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings was 14% in the year 2011, the share of energy consumption was one third.

klimaaktiv Building and Refurbishment

In Austria around 40,000 new apartments are built every year. Approximately 1.5 million buildings were constructed between 1900 and 1980. As a consequence more energy-efficient new buildings and high-quality renovations are the key to effective long-term climate protection.

However, klimaaktiv requires more than just energy efficiency. Equally important issues include the choice of location, ecological quality, comfort and quality in the execution.


The major goals of the programme are therefore:

  • Increasing the market share of ecological buildings in the residential and service building sector
  • Establishing the klimaaktiv building standard as the orientation benchmark for ecological building throughout the whole of Austria
  • Further development of the funding policies and legal framework conditions in the building sector
  • Innovation: implementation of marketable results of research

The programme is represented by regional and specialist partners throughout Austria under the direction of the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT).
The focus is on quality: good planning, high-quality building materials and energy-efficient building methods not only significantly reduce the energy requirements of a building, they also enhance the quality of life and work for those who live and work in them.

The klimaaktiv entry-level building standard

It is not only energy efficiency that is neutrally assessed and evaluated in klimaaktiv buildings, but also the quality of the planning and execution, the building material and construction quality as well as the core aspect of comfort and ambient air quality. The klimaaktiv building standard exists for residential and office buildings, for new buildings and also for renovations. The basic criteria were formulated in the year 2011.They constitute entry into klimaaktiv building in all categories. Specific klimaaktiv standards are available for residentual buildings, service buildings, hotels, supermarkets (food), geriatric centers, schools, nursery schools and nursing homes to enable even more targeted promotion in the sector of service buildings. All criteria catalogues are structured along the lines of a 1,000 point system which is used to assess the buildings and declare their compliance.

Know-how! Consultation & Tools

Another major focus point in addition to the declaration of compliance of buildings is the consulting of planners, property developers and house owners. The key players in planning and execution are supported nation-wide by klimaaktiv experts with tailor-made consulting packages.
Criteria catalogues, checklists and guidelines are all available online. More than 140 service and over 330 residentual buildings have been built and renovated after the klimaaktiv building standard. More than 2,500 consultations have been carried out since the programme was launched in the year 2005.

Partner base

A major factor for the success of the programme is motivating partners who will then implement the klimaaktiv standard. About 100 partners from the building sector cooperate with klimaaktiv and more and more residential property developers and manufacturers of prefabricated houses have klimaaktiv houses in their portfolios. klimaaktiv’s cooperation with the building certification system of the Austrian Sustainable Building Council (OGNB) ensures that the klimaaktiv standard will become the central sign of quality in Austria.

klimaaktiv examples of best practice demonstrate that it works!

Single-family homes, residential buildings and office buildings have all already been built in klimaaktiv quality. These are flagship projects in the sector of sustainable building. You will find the collection of examples of perfectly built and renovated buildings at www.klimaaktiv-gebaut.at.

Every two years the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism awards the State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability to projects distinguished equally by their architectural value and by their quality with respect to ecology, energy use, social and economic sustainability.

published at 12.12.2017