Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Main Requirements and Challenges in line with Energy Community membership

On March 24,, 2017 World Experience for Georgia (WEG) held a half-day seminar on Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Main Requirements and Challenges in line with Energy Community membership  at NATO/EU Information Center Tbilisi, Georgia. Seminar was attended by representatives of Ministry of Economic and sustainable development, Tbilisi City Hall, Developer companies, field experts and other stakeholders.

The main goal of the seminar was to support fact- based decision making and consultations regarding the development of energy efficiency in buildings, considering the fact that under energy community membership Georgia has an obligation to implement 2 directives on Energy Efficiency.

Within other requirements, Energy Performance of building Directive indicates, that contracting parties should take the necessary measures to ensure that minimum energy performance requirements for buildings or building units are set with a view to achieving cost-optimal levels and all new buildings meet minimum energy performance requirements. At first stage the requirements refer to governmental and municipal buildings and later on private sector.

Presentations covered different topics, including:

Second part of the seminar was dedicated to the discussion. Attendees mentioned that introduction of energy efficiency in buildings is crucial, but there are barriers to overcome; Georgia still does not have does not have agreed construction norms and 37 different standards are simultaneously in force. Construction code is in the process of development.

Among other barriers, the participants have also mentioned the problem is that Ministry of Energy leads the negotiations with Energy Community while Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development is responsible for fulfillment of the requirements. 

WEG organized the event with support of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung South Caucasus