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Heating Cost Ordinance

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(Verordnung über die verbrauchsabhängige Abrechnung der Heiz- und Warmwasserkosten (Verordnung über Heizkostenabrechnung – Heizkosten V))

The ordinance regulates the allocation of heating- and warm water costs in centrally supplied buildings with two or more units. Furthermore, the obligation of consumption metering as well as the technical equipment for the metering is regulated. An exception are residential buildings with only 2 dwellings of which one is inhabited by the building owner himself as well as (concerning thermal heat) retirement and nursing homes, halls of residence for students or apprentices, and comparable buildings or parts of buildings.

The ordinance is supposed to stimulate the user to save energy, since a mayor part of the billed costs of the metered consumption has to depend on the consumption of the user. Insofar it has priority over other agreements in the lease contract.

The ordinance was issued for the first time in 1981 (HeizkostenV 1981) (only available in German)

Since 1 January 2009 the established law is the version resulting from the amending regulation of 2 December 2008 (BGBI. I S.2375); the federal Government published this version by 5th October 2009 (BGBl. I S.3250).

Above all the regulations of §§ 7 (allocation of the costs of warm water supply) and 9 (allocation of the costs of heat and warm water supply with joined systems) were changed compared to the previous versions (HeizkostenV 1989).

To support the amendment 2008, BBSR commissioned a study:

All previous versions of the ordinance can be found in the archive.

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