VIENNA, Austria - September 8, 2020 – Since the Corona crisis, housing has been booming in Austria. At the same time, energy efficiency and environmental protection are becoming increasingly important in housing constructions and renovations. BAWAG P.S.K. is combining both trends and is now offering a bonus of € 1,000 to customers, who submit a valid energy certificate with energy class A (or better) in the category of heating requirements (HWB) when concluding a "KreditBox Wohnen" for a minimum of € 100,000. The offer is valid until November, 30 2020 for all those who build a new house or apartment, buy a house or apartment, finance the construction costs of flats owned by a cooperative society or plan construction measures to improve the energy footprint.
"The dream of owning a home is more present than ever among Austrians. As a bank, we support projects which go one step further and focus on climate-friendly construction and renovation. In this way we want to encourage our customers to make environmentally friendly and sustainable decisions," explains Werner Rodax, Managing Director Retail Market Austria at BAWAG P.S.K.
Living space highest in Burgenland on average, lowest in Vienna
Too little space for home office and home schooling at the same time, a larger terrace, finally a house in the countryside with an own garden - living is a basic need and has gained in relevance since the Corona crisis. The average living space per apartment or house in Austria is 100m², which is two square meters more than 10 years ago. This shows a comparison of Statistik Austria figures from 2009 and 2019. The inhabitants of Burgenland have the most living space with an average of 124m², followed by those of Lower Austria with 116m². In the comparison of federal states, the Viennese have the smallest living space (74m²). Looking at the numbers per head it shows each Austrian has an average of 45 m ² living space. Once more Burgenland leads this ranking: The living space per person lies there with 54 m ² around 9 m ² above the Austrian average. The Viennese have again the smallest living space per head (36m²). Within the last 10 years people in Carinthia have caught up most strongly in terms of living space per capita: the available living space increased in the previous year by 5m² compared to 2009.
"Housing is very individual, yet we can see across all Austrian federal states that the topic is becoming more important. Since the Corona crisis, we have been spending more time at home and are seeing more of the things that bother us or are missing. Our housing finance experts are therefore more in demand than ever and support our customers in fulfilling their dream of their own home or a renovation", comments Rodax.
The “KlimaBonus” for energy-efficient housing is part of the new campaign with the slogan "#w e i t e r. BAWAG P.S.K. for People and Environment", which focuses on responsible actions in the interest of a liveable and intact future. BAWAG P.S.K. wants to make its contribution to climate protection with various initiatives and campaigns, and also focuses on social commitment.
Manfred Rapolter (Head of Corporate & Commercial Communications, Spokesperson)