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The 7th issue of Cleantech magazine concentrates on the environmentally friendly building and construction sectors. Also in the issue: a recap of the Warsaw COP19 climate conference, analysis of the new proposal to support renewable energy, and much more.
Cleantech Magazine | by Wojciech Kość

The Brussels Jackpot

The Brussels Jackpot

The government is still fine tuning details of how the EU funds will be distributed from 2014 to 2020. According to the draft plan, energy efficiency in buildings could receive a hefty €1.5 billion (about PLN 6 billion).

From the Cleantech magazine's Spring 2014 issue.

Connect the dots: buildings are the chief source of emissions, the European Union claims to be a leader in fighting climate change, and a new EU budget was approved recently. The conclusion is that if you’re a property owner or a developer, there should be public funds available to improve the energy efficiency of your property.

An important point to make is that these programs are helping individual owners or owners of public buildings improve their environmental performance. In the commercial real estate sector, thanks to pressure from occupiers and investment funds, developers have managed to get to a point where almost all new buildings in the office sector are going green.

Real estate isn’t however all commercially developed buildings for rent. The residential sector in particular is one still lacking a universal approach from developers or individual builders that would help reduce energy consumption.

So what’s available? The government is still working out the details, but a draft proposal on how the EU financial resources will be distributed across main areas, known as Operational Programs, has been made public.

It seems certain that from the overall amount of €82.5 billion in EU funding that the EU’s financial budgeting plan has earmarked for Poland, the biggest part - over €27.5 billion - will go to the so-called Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment.

Within the program, around €1.5 billion (around PLN 6 billion) is slated to go to so-called “priority axis 1” that is focused on energy efficiency that includes many projects that have to do with buildings.

Funds will be available for thermal modernization of buildings and a special attention will be given to “deep modernization”.

Deep modernization will go beyond mere coating buildings with a layer of styrofoam, but also investing in high efficiency heating sources and overhauling heat distribution systems. The latter are key in the struggle against still widespread local coal fired boilers or even coal fired heaters in flats, where poor quality coal is typically fed, resulting in serious air pollution with particulate matter, one of main causes of respiratory diseases.

Funds will also be available for replacing windows and doors as well lighting for products that have better thermal insulation characteristics and use less energy, replacing HVAC systems, application of weather automation and building management systems, and installation of renewable energy sources in building (with a possibility to sell excess energy to the grid).

EU funds will come handy as owners or building managers will prepare to invest in energy efficiency as well, because design work and energy audit of buildings are eligible for financing. Final allocation of funds should be approved by the government at end of June 2014 latest.


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