The energy efficient house of the second generation has been opened in Minsk, the keys have been handed over to the residents.

Jan 30, 2017

MINSK, January 26, 2017- The opening ceremony of the energy efficient house of the second generation was held today in Loshica-9 district, 1 Mikhail Ptashuk Street. The construction of the building was facilitated by the project "Improving Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings in the Republic of Belarus", funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) within the framework of the Climate Change Strategy.  The project is jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department for Energy Efficiency. OJSC "Mapid" and Republican Unitary Enterprise "Institute of Housing - NIPTIS named after S.S. Ataev" acted as the project's partners in Minsk.

The event was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative to Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, Deputy Chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee Viktor Laptev, first Deputy Director of the Department for Energy Efficiency of the State Committee for Standartization Viktor Akushko, the Head of the Leninsky District Administration Piotr Shostak, the management of the OJSC "MAPID" and Republican Unitary Enterprise "Institute of Housing - NIPTIS named after S.S. Ataev", and the UNDP-GEF project management group.

The opening ceremony of the energy efficient house of the second generation began with the performance of the Belarusian song ensemble "Cernіca" singing popular folk songs. The cold temperatures outside were hard to bear and so half an hour after the start of the program, the officials and the young future resident Vlad Hvashhevskij proceeded to jointly cut the red ribbon, which allowed all the residents and guests to finally visit their new home, have a cup of hot tea and enjoy the tour around the apartments. 

«You have proven by investing in these apartments that it is possible for us to save the planet and still live comfortably. Another important factor that I want to point out is that this has been achieved through a partnership. Governments cannot save the planet by themselves. International organizations, like the UN, cannot save the planet by themselves. We need the private sector, and we need the public. This building is an example of partnership of the Government, of international organizations, like UNDP, the private sector and you, the public. But buildings are not enough, because even though it will be a model building for Minsk and other cities, I really invite you to be model residents. Building is a really small part of it. How you use it and how you adjust your lifestyle would be for me how you’re going to influence your fellow citizens in Minsk and elsewhere,” said UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative to Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha in his opening speech.

After the official part of the ceremony was over, the participants were given a tour of the house. Special attention of the visitors was drawn to the energy-efficient technologies and the equipment installed in the building, such as the supply-and-exhaust ventilation system with the exit air heat recovery; a system of utilizing thermal energy of sewage drains for hot water supply; a heating system with door-to-door regulation and monitoring of thermal energy consumption, etc. The introduction of these technologies will reduce energy consumption by 40% in comparison with other residential houses, built in compliance with the regular construction and thermal measurement standards.

«Residential buildings are the largest consumers of energy resources in the country, and the project proposes ways to reduce energy consumption in this sector. Solutions that are based on the creation of the sealed building envelope with heat insulation properties, is already widely used in our country. With this building in Loshica we also aim to showcase the unique engineering systems for heating and hot water supply. Benefits for tenants of such houses are obvious - they get an apartment with improved consumer characteristics, while the cost for the use of thermal energy is at least two times lower. And for the Government the construction of such houses will provide annual growth rate of savings on the consumption of energy resources in the amount equivalent to 70 thousand. tons of fuel”, said Alexander Grebenkov, manager of the UNDP-GEF project "Improving Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings in the Republic of Belarus".

The budget of the UNDP-GEF project covers the cost of the entire energy efficient equipment in this building, which amounts to 17% of its total cost. Thus, for the lucky residents of this house price per square meter will not change, but they will get their apartments with improved hygienic conditions and lower rent for heating and hot water supply.

The house in Minsk became the second energy efficient residential building of the second generation after Mahilieu introduced in operation in the Republic of Belarus. The third similar building will be put into operation in the spring of 2017 in Hrodna.

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ABOUT THE UNDP-GEF PROJECT "IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS": The project is implemented by the Republic of Belarus within the framework of the international technical assistance projects and with the financial support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The aim of the project is to reduce energy consumption during the construction and operation of residential buildings in the Republic of Belarus and facilitate a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

ABOUT UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme interacts with all sectors of society by assisting in nation building, so that the countries are able to withstand the crisis, while encouraging and supporting growth that is leading to a better quality of life for everyone. Working on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer a global vision and local solutions to improve the quality of lives and increase the resilience of nations.

ABOUT OJSC "MAPID": Open joint-stock company "MAPID" is a leading enterprise in the construction industry in Minsk and in the Republic of Belarus. Over the years, more than 23 million. sq.m of houses has been constructed, and all of them have been put into operation. The main principle of the company is to use energy saving solutions in the future to minimize space heating and maintenance costs. In particular, OJSC "MAPID" switched to manufacturing of panels with improved thermal insulation, constantly improving the whole system of space heating in the buildings, etc. Since 2013 OJSC “MAPID” has cooperated with the UNDP-GEF project.