Kazakhstan: Seeking energy-efficient buildings

UNDP/GEF and RK Government Project announced last month the start of National Open Contest The Best Implemented Energy-Efficient Building Project (download Terms of Participation and Application Form here).

Energy-Efficient Design and Construction of Residential Buildings is one of the UNDP projects implemented with the assistance of Global Environmental Fund and RK Government. The goal of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new residential buildings by introducing new practices and changing markets in Kazakhstani housing sector to ensure more energy-efficient design and construction.

“Under the implementation of the project with the assistance from partners, non-governmental organizations (National Chamber for HPU and Construction, and National Chamber for Energy and Resource Saving), as well as Astana-Expo-2017 NC JSC, an open National Contest The Best Implemented Energy-Efficient Building Project has started today. The goal of the contest is to find and distribute information about the most successful implemented projects in increasing energy efficiency of existing buildings to scale the positive experience in the future,” told UNDP/GEF and RK Government Projects for Energy Efficiency in HPU and Building Aleksandr Beliy at the briefing.

Applications for the contest will be accepted by an organizing committee from April 22 to September 15. Application form is available at UNDP Kazakhstan website, Energy Efficiency + web portal, and websites of contest partners.
The organizing committee will announce the results by October 15, and it is planned to award the winners in October or November 2015.

According to A.Beliy, owners of cottages, multi-dwelling units, social facilities (schools, hospitals, and kindergartens), and commercial property (office and trade buildings) can participate in the contest.

Newly-built and reconstructed buildings that have introduced and utilize energy-efficient technology (equipment and management processes in building operation) may be submitted to the contest. The Applicant should provide evidence for achieved energy efficiency level for his building.

The winners will be chosen in 4 nominations: Energy-Efficient Cottage, Energy-Efficient Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU), Energy-Efficient Social Facility, and Energy-Efficient Commercial Property.

The projects will be assessed by an expert commission. It will determine the winners based on such criteria as energy and cost effectiveness, availability of utilized energy efficiency and technical solutions, and capacity for replication in other facilities.

The winners of the contest will be awarded promotional gifts from UNDP, as well as prizes from sponsors.
According to the organizers, the ultimate goals of the contest is to inform and raise awareness of the population about energy saving and increased energy efficiency in buildings, draw the attention of population to energy saving, sustainable low-carbon development, green economy, renewable energy issues, and increase public interest in Kazakhstan’s energy saving and energy efficiency increase policies.

Source: UNDP in Kazakhstanb

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