Almost every building in Kyrgyzstan was built during the Soviet era without any regard to energy efficiency. In 2009, these buildings had become obsolete and no longer provided for a healthful, comfortable indoor environment. Moreover, the energy use per square metre was almost 3 to 5 times that of equivalent buildings in EU nations.
In early 2009, the UNDP and the State Agency of Architecture and Construction of the Kyrgyz Republic launched a new project entitled “Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings.” This four-year effort, funded by the Global Environment Facility, aimed to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions in the Kyrgyzstan building sector by 30% to 40%.
Econoler was commissioned to assist UNDP staff and a team of national experts in preparing designs for two new highly energy-efficient school buildings. Furthermore, Econoler had to provide technical supervision over the construction process of the abovementioned buildings. These designs were intended to demonstrate cost-effective energy-efficient design and technology solutions for replication in other public buildings across Kyrgyzstan.
To fulfil its mandate, Econoler had to:
- Conduct presentations on international best practices in the design of energy-efficient public buildings for national experts, UNDP staff and government representatives.
- Deliver and discuss documentation from actual energy-efficient public buildings embodying the desired design approach and technology with team of national experts and UNDP staff.
- Establish technical selection criteria for demonstration measures with the involvement of national experts, UNDP staff and government experts.
- Draw up technical recommendations on pilot measures implemented including estimates of incremental costs and energy savings.