Of the housing units approved in 2014, just under 246 000 were newbuild units in residential buildings (+ 4.5% compared to 2013). This plus in apartments resulted exclusively from the rise in building permits for apartments in apartment blocks (+ 8.8% respectively +10 400 apartments) and the rise of building permits for apartments in residential homes (+ 31.6% respectively +2 550 apartments). In contrast, there were declines in the permits for detached houses (– 1.4%) and semi-detached houses (– 5.8%).
In 2014 the enclosed space of the approved new non-residential buildings compared to 2013 declined by 6.2% to 186.7 mill. cubic metres. This development can be attributed to fewer approvals both in the case of public sector building owners (– 15.8%) and private building owners (– 5.3%).