EU-funded project to help Georgia with energy performance in buildings

The EU-funded EU4Energy Governance project is assisting Georgia with the adoption of a new draft law on energy performance in buildings, and in preparing a series of building regulations.

The new law will ensure that buildings are more energy efficient and wasted energy is reduced, while citizens will reap the benefits of more energy-efficient homes, lower energy bills, a higher level of comfort, and a healthier home environment.

Under the new law, all buildings will have to meet minimum energy performance requirements that will be set for new buildings and building under major renovation, as well as for replacing or retrofitting building elements such as heating and cooling systems, roofs and walls.

In addition to this, building-owners will need to issue an energy performance certificate when a building is sold or rented, while the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems to ensure energy savings will also be necessary.

The draft Law on Energy Performance in Buildings has been submitted to the Parliament of Georgia and is under deliberation by the Economy Committee. Once it is in effect, Georgia’s building regulations will be in line with the respective EU requirements on energy performance of buildings and with Georgia’s Energy Community obligations, launching the improvement of the quality of buildings across the country.

The brief follows last month’s announcement Georgia's utility regulators approved a long-term plan that will see Georgia Power drastically expand renewable generation and develop, own and operate up to 80 megawatts of energy storage.

It was also revealed this month that Georgia’s President Salome Zourabichvili has joined the Global Commission on Emergency Promotion of Energy Efficiency. The country’s leader became the 20th member of the commission, which was set up by the International Energy Agency. The Honorable Chairman of the new commission is the Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar.

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