Classifying buildings according to their energy efficiency level is important for both the state and the residents

16 august 2016 | Rossiyskaya Gazeta

New residential buildings in Russia will be assigned energy efficiency levels from A to G while old apartment blocks will undergo the same energy efficiency assessment procedure after overhauls. “First of all, this innovation will help figure out what sort of residential housing we have in Russia in terms of energy efficiency,” believes Analytical Center expert Dmitry Khomchenko. It is important to know for both the state that wants to keep building cheap residential housing while increasing its energy efficiency and for the residents themselves, he said in an interview to a Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent.”

Dmitry Khomchenko
Dmitry Khomchenko
Department for Sectors of Economy

“Back when the reform involving the introduction of the building overhaul fee was just being discussed at the federal level, a lot of questions were asked about whether or not measures to improve energy efficiency had to be included in the list of mandatory improvements to be carried out on apartment blocks,” the expert noted.  “Eventually, it was decided to leave it up to the regional authorities. However, residents who are putting aside money for building overhauls in special accounts rather than in the common funds can make this decision on their own. And the information about the energy efficiency class their building belongs to will help them make an informed decision.”

The vast majority of apartment blocks in Russia today do not meet energy efficiency requirements. And this is true not only of old residential housing but of new buildings as well. There is a simple explanation for this state of affairs: the stricter the energy efficiency requirements that an apartment building is designed to meet, the more expensive it is going to be to build as special insulation will have to be installed, plastic window panes and other additional work will have to be done on it. However, energy efficient buildings will then be cheaper to run and maintain as the residents will not have to pay as much for heating in winter or for air conditioning in the summer. “Having invested once in an apartment in an energy efficient building or in a building overhaul project that includes energy efficiency measures, the residents will end up spending less money on utility bills. However, few people think in those terms just yet. As a result we have what we have,” Mr. Khomchenko concluded.

Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta