Progressive methods of heat protection should be applied taking into account the economic realities

26 june 2014

“We must understand what is the key, critical link in reducing the energy consumption of a building, so we know where to focus our efforts”, - Adviser to the Department for Expert Analytics Evgeny Gasho expressed his opinion at a roundtable that was recently held by the Analytical Center titled “Principles of heat protection policy for enclosing structures of buildings and their influence on energy efficiency of capital construction projects”

Experts discussed the ways to improve energy efficiency of buildings and structures, and in particular the updated version of Building regulations 23.02-2003 “Heat protection of buildings”. “Even though this document leaves room for debates, it is the only compromise found at the moment”, said the professor of the Research Institute for Building Physics of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Building Sciences Vladimir Gagarin. “Be that as it may, our approaches to the calculation of thermal protection are among the most progressive in the world”, - concluded the professor, making a number of proposals for the development of the document.

Addressing the experts, Adviser to the Department of Industry and Infrastructure of the Government of the Russian Federation Vitali Kovalchuk, said the following: “While developing the document we should be considering progressive techniques, but also keep in mind that they should be as close as possible to achieving the implementation of the proposed solutions and they should be realizable in practice within the existing construction programs”.

Talking about the compliance of the Set of Rules SP 50.13330 with the federal legislation, Assistant Professor at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University Alexander Gorshkov, said that in addition to eliminating certain inconsistencies in the document, there must be a full harmonization of the Rules with international standards in the field of energy conservation and energy efficiency for buildings.

At the end of the event, Head of the Directorate for Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency of the Analytical Center Pavel Svistunov, summarized the main recommendations made ​​by the experts, including numerous calls to refrain from making changes to these Rules. He also invited all participants of the roundtable to present their proposals on supplementing this document in order to decide whether it is advisable to revise these Rules.