Energy efficiency in the building sector
Energy renovation of multi-apartment buildings
It is estimated that Croatia has approximately 50 million m2 of useable floor area in multi-apartment buildings. 65% of buildings are located inland, while around 35% is in the coastal part of Croatia. The majority of buildings were built before 1987, which means they consume approximately 200-250 kWh/m2 of thermal energy for heating. By implementing energy efficiency measures, the consumption of these buildings can be reduced to 50 kWh/m2, i.e. as much as five times!
In cooperation with the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, in July 2014the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Programme of energy renovation of multi-apartment buildings for the period 2014 – 2020, with the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund as the implementing authority. Over a 3-year period, the Fund provided for this programme grant funding in the amount of HRK 286 million, of which 200 million kuna was approved for the energy renovation of 257 buildings worth in total 461 mil. kuna.
As envisaged by the 2014 Government Programme, from 2016 the funding would be withdrawn from the EU funds under the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion, which required the adjustment of the conditions for co-financing. Until 2020, Croatia will have available €100m for the
renovation of the dwelling stock, of which approx. 70 million euro is allocated for the renovation of multi-apartment buildings (approx. 525.3 milion kuna). The new Call for tenders was launched by the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning on 17 October 2016, and it was open for applications until 31 January 2017.
The planned budget for the first Call amounted to HRK 147.440.000, with the 60% rate of co-financing regardless of the location, with the limitation of the maximum amount of the incentive per project to 13 million kuna. Energy audits and energy certification, and the preparation of design documentation were co-financed with the rate of 85%. 648 project applications were received, and 596 were evaluated as eligible. The value of eligible projects exceeded 1 billion kuna, so the Managing Authority approved an increase to the planned allocation in order to be able to co-finance all the applications which fulfilled the eligibility criteria in the amount of approx. HRK 560 million of grant funding.
Under the Call, all activities and measures that were envisaged in the Programme were co-financed, and the Fund provided direct technical assistance to all interested buildings, building managers and representatives of co-owners, i.e. the assistance not only with the application process, but also in monitoring the project in terms of advising and providing all the necessary information. All information can still be obtained at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT! Having regard to the extremely high interest of the citizens, the review of the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion is expected during the next year, and the possibility will be considered to continue with co-financing of energy renovation of multi-apartment buildings, predicted in late 2019.
An informative video clip about the experiences of the applicants to the Public Call for energy renovation of multi-apartment buildings