Policy fact sheet. Thematic objective 1
Compared to its Nordic neighbours, Lithuania is a relatively high energy consumer (225 kWh/m2) with a residential building sector that has considerable energy saving potential.
66% of the Lithuanian population resides in multi-apartment buildings that were built before 1993. Although 97% of these multi-apartment buildings are privately owned, most of the buildings are in poor conditions, due to lack of effective management and maintenance. On average, multi-apartment buildings consume about 9.5 TWh of energy per year, whereas renovated buildings can save up to 4.75 TWh per year.
In addition to increasing energy efficiency and thermal comfort, the renovation of multiapartment buildings can also potentially improve the appearance of buildings and their surroundings and raise real-estate values.
The Lithuanian Housing Situation Survey showed that:
- 60% of households in non-renovated multiapartment buildings are dissatisfied with the energy efficiency of their homes;
- apartment owners strongly believe that the condition of their buildings needs to be improved.
By 2020 the multi-apartment renovation programme is on track to achieve over 75% of its original targets, in terms of renovation projects delivered. Once completed in 2021, the programme will have achieved a 19% surplus in renovation project delivery, albeit a year later than planned. Nonetheless, considering the total number of multi-apartment buildings that are still in need of renovation, there are areas of the current programme implementation that could be reconsidered and improved upon.