500 Hrodna Citizens to Move to Energy Efficient House

May 22, 2017

The opening ceremony of the energy efficient house took place in Hrodna. The building was designed to consume at least fourfold less thermal energy than any regular new residential house in Belarus.

"I want to thank the United Nations Development Program in Belarus and personally its Resident Representative, Sanaka Samarasinha, for active assistance in the introduction and dissemination of energy efficient technologies across Belarus, - said Anatoly Kalinin, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus. - We strive for such technologies to become mandatory when constructing new residential buildings.".

 

«Technologies are important, but for us, changes in people's behavior are also of great importance. I wish the residents of this house to become an example of energy-saving behavior and green lifestyle,”- said UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha.

Tenants will live in comfortable warm flats with the air always being fresh and clean. Comfortable flat temperatures can be regulated by tenants themselves, they will enjoy hot water regardless of seasonal outages. Annual saving of heating bills will be approx. $30-40 compared to regular flat.

The house has been constructed in the frame of “Energy Efficiency in Buildings” project that funded jointly by GEF and UNDP. The project covers the cost of all energy-efficient engineering equipment, which is 18% ($ 950,000) of the house total cost.

The implementation of the project contributes to the fight against climate change. Using renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency, the Hrodna house will reduce fuel consumption by almost 10,000 tons in coal equivalent. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be about 290 tons of CO²/year.

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