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12 July 2014

Minsk, Grodno start designing energy-efficient houses as part of UNDP/GEF project

Grodno and Minsk have started to design two energy-efficient houses with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as part of the project Improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings in the Republic of Belarus, BelTA learned from the information officer of the UNDP/GEF projects Alexei Tchistodarsky.

Plans have been made to build three residential houses as part of the UNDP/GEF project. Sites for construction in Minsk, Grodno and Mogilev have been chosen and approved. Minsk and Grodno have already started to design the buildings. In Minsk this will be a model large-panel 9-storeyed residential house with four entrances, and in Grodno - a 10-storeyed building with three entrances’ with brick cross-wall structures and external walls of cellular concrete blocks. The houses will be fitted with the maximum number of energy-efficient technologies.

Experience in the design of such buildings will be considered at a nationwide seminar, which will take place at Grodnograzhdanproyekt Institute on 18 July. The event will be attended by national experts in energy-efficient construction and technology, design and construction organizations, developers and manufacturers of energy efficient equipment, specialists of the Ministry of Architecture and Construction, the Ministry of Housing and Utilities, regional energy companies, Energy Efficiency Department, the UNDP Office in the Republic of Belarus, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and representatives of government bodies.

The seminar is set to discuss innovative energy-efficiency solutions in design documentation and design standards, and review the barriers that make it difficult to design, build and maintain residential buildings with minimum energy consumption in Belarus.

The UNDP/GEF project Improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings in the Republic of Belarus is designed to run in 2012-2016. The project provides for a road map with a list of technical normative legal acts which are to be developed or amended in accordance with the recommendations of the project. About 100 professionals have already been trained. They have attended buildings energy audits courses, have traveled to Germany and Austria on study visits, and attended international events.

The total budget of the project is $4.9 million. The national implementing agency is the Energy Efficiency Department of the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus.

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