ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION MANUFACTURERS Good business year for German electrical installation manufacturers
In the first nine months of this year, German manufacturers of electrical installation systems recorded a 9.5 % increase in sales. In addition, supply chains have stabilized somewhat in the meantime, but are not yet as reliable as they were before Corona in the case of preliminary electronics products.
"The renovation wave of the building stock is only just beginning," said Dr. Philipp Dehn, chairman of the board of Dehn SE, on the occasion of his election as chairman of the ZVEI electrical installation systems trade association. "The good thing is that in the medium to long term, the outlook for our industry is positive. Because without electrification and digitalization, the energy, transport and building turnarounds cannot be realized." The industry is concerned about the current flattening of new construction activity. In its new role, Dehn wants to make the key role of the electrical installation systems industry clear to politicians and market partners. In view of the challenging renovation tasks, he says, decisive measures in subsidy and incentive policy are essential to enable millions of people to make their buildings CO2-neutral.
With the increasing demand for photovoltaics, heat pumps and charging infrastructure in existing buildings, stimulated not least by high energy prices, there is also increasing pressure to refurbish the electrical infrastructure in buildings. When climate-friendly technologies are installed, the often outdated electrical systems must be upgraded. Each investment automatically generates adaptation measures for protection technology, cable routing, meter cabinets or installation materials. In the view of the ZVEI, the federal subsidy for energy-efficient buildings (BEG) must also take these electrotechnical measures into account if it is to help increase the renovation rate in Germany. In addition, the association is calling for a statutory obligation to carry out an ad hoc inspection of the electrotechnical infrastructure in the event of a transfer of ownership or a new lease or change of use.
There is also still room for improvement in the German Building Energy Act (GEG) when looking at the tasks ahead. The energy efficiency potential that lies in the building sector is currently not being sufficiently exploited. The use of building automation in functional buildings can save at least 30 % of primary energy. If we combine the possibilities of digitization and electrification, it is even possible to save up to 65 % of primary energy in the entire building sector. Without this potential, it will be virtually impossible to achieve the defined savings targets. In particular, the ambitious requirements emerging from the EPBD, such as the use of an energy management system to realize additional efficiencies, must be incorporated into the national regulatory framework.
Plannable incentive subsidies are also important for manufacturers. For example, the BEG in particular must be reliably defined for the coming years. "The manufacturers of electrical installation systems will invest and continue to expand their structures with qualified employees in order to be able to implement the ambitious political goals. This requires confidence in the stability of the framework conditions," says Dehn.