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European legislation for built environment in CIS countries

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Enhancing Regulatory Framework for Energy Efficiency in Built Environment is a project financed by the EBRD shareholder Fund that started in June 2009. This project is providing national authorities with technical assistance during the development of a regulatory framework in the buildings sector in two former USSR countries – Moldova and Kyrgyzstan. The main target of the project is to introduce the energy performance assessment in buildings in line with the European Directive on the Energy Performance in Buildings 2002/91/EC.
EBRD is offering to Moldova and Kyrgyzstan very useful and needed help by establishing new regulatory framework in the building sector. It is the first time that primary and secondary legislation will be developed using experiences from the European Union and in compliance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC in CIS countries. It is the mitigating factor for future investments coming to these countries as well as for a future energy tariff reform, maintaining social stability and addressing the impact of the financial crisis by the local implementation of technically simple, labour intensive energy efficiency measures with positive micro and macro economy impact.
 
The building sector is of crucial importance for enhancing energy security and energy and carbon intensity as the buildings consume about half of the final energy use of the Republic of Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.
 
The team of international experts is preparing primary legislation in Kyrgyzstan and secondary legislation in Moldova. The main target of these documents is to set conditions for designing and evaluating building energy performance aiming to decrease energy use for heating and hot water preparation, taking into account the thermal protection of new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovations and considering energy supplying systems, with an impact on delivered energy, primary energy and CO2 emissions.
 
The outputs are the introduction of minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovations, energy performance indicators and energy rating scale as well as increased capacity of national building authorities and local experts in development.
The prepared legislation will create complex institutional framework stating duties, requirements and penalties. Not least these activities are connected to the organisation of raising awareness activities for local authorities and main building market stakeholders.
 
The team of experts consists of Energy Centre Bratislava as coordinator, the Buildings Testing and Research Institute, n. o., Bratislava and Danish Building Research Institute having already experiences with introduction and implementation of the EPBD directive, technical standards and Regulations in Slovakia and Denmark. The team is working together with local technical experts: Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewable in Moldova and Civic Environmental Foundation UNISON in Kyrgyzstan and is under strong proactive support of local authorities – Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of Moldova and State Agency of Architecture and Construction in Kyrgyzstan.