German-Ukrainian Efficient House Pilot Project

A building refurbishment project in Ukraine organised by dena, Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa, the East European Housing Industry Initiative, and Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen e.V., Centre of Expertise for Large Housing Estates, has met with enthusiastic response in Ukraine. The focus here is on 20 pilot projects for the energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings in Ukraine.


The challenge was as follows:

There is great demand for the energy-efficient refurbishment of buildings in Ukraine — around half of the Ukrainian population lives in Soviet-style apartment buildings which fulfil only minimum energy-efficiency standards. Modern refurbishment measures would allow up to 70 percent of the energy costs to be saved in every single building — with positive effects not only for individual energy costs, but also for reducing dependence on energy imports, for living comfort, and strengthening regional economic structures.

this is what we did:

The project is centred around 20 pilot projects for the energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings in Ukraine. The selected participants for the projects represent a range of building types and locations all over the country. Working closely with the homeowners, dena compiles refurbishment concepts for all pilot projects, and monitors the organisational and technical implementation of the measures. After successful completion, the participating buildings are certified by dena as German-Ukrainian efficient houses.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and is being carried out jointly with „Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa e.V. (IWO) – Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe“ and the „Center of Competence for Large Housing Estates“. Planning and building costs will be borne by the homeowners themselves.

the benefits: 

This project will provide practical experience in the organisation and technical implementation of sophisticated refurbishment projects in Ukraine for the very first time. The energy-efficiency standard will play an exemplary role. Hence, the pilot projects will provide valuable findings and transferable results for future refurbishments. In addition to recommended courses of action for planners and homeowners, the project partners will also be compiling recommendations for a national funding programme for the energy-efficient refurbishment of buildings as well as a roadmap for its introduction.

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