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9 Nov 2016

Belarus’ first reference energy-effective house in December

MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) – Belarus’ first energy-effective house with a reference design will be commissioned in December 2016, BelTA learned from Viktor Akushko, First Deputy Director of the Energy Effectiveness Department of the State Standardization Committee of Belarus, on 9 November.

According to the source, a project is being implemented with assistance of the European Union and the UNDP to build three houses in Belarus that will provide a reference point with regard to energy effectiveness. The houses are located in Grodno, Minsk, and Mogilev. The house in Mogilev is supposed to be commissioned in December 2016.

As part of the project as much as $4.5 million will be spent to assimilate new technologies into these houses and educate their residents. Belarusian construction companies are building these houses at their own expense.

Each house will use its own way of saving energy, specified Viktor Akushko. Plans have been made to secure the minimum energy consumption possible —about 30kWh per m2 at most. To compare, conventional houses use up to 200kWh per m2.

Belarusian construction materials are used to build these houses. It is engineering solutions that will achieve a considerable economic effect, underlined the First Deputy Director of the Energy Effectiveness Department of the State Standardization Committee of Belarus.

Vitaly Kretsky, Head of the Department for Organizational and Legal Work and Interaction with Mass Media in the State Standardization Committee of Belarus, remarked that residents will have to pay only for the construction work. “The new technologies will be provided to the residents free of charge,” said the official. He went on saying that once they move in, the residents will be instructed in operating the new equipment.

International Energy Saving Day is marked on 11 November.

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