Building Energy Efficient Public Facilities


Promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Uzbekistan



With Uzbekistan's growing demand for public services and a national program to renovate outdated public buildings, UNDP has identified now as the ideal time to promote the use of energy-efficient architectural practices in the Central Asian Republic. UNDP is working with international and national partners to promote the construction of 'green' buildings, and to reduce carbon emissions.



Asia, Uzbekistan
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Economic development Category: Economic development

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Most of Uzbekistan's public infrastructure was built during the Soviet epoch, utilising the era's approaches to standardised building. As a result, such buildings account for half of Uzbekistan's annual energy consumption, and are in urgent need of reconstruction. This situation is compounded by Uzbekistan's population growth, and the pressure that this places on education and health services. To encourage the utilisation of construction practices which use energy efficient designs and building methods, the government of Uzbekistan has begun a program for renovating and reconstructing public buildings. This program is expected to deliver 10.8 million m2 of new and reconstructed space by 2015. UNDP has joined both the Global Environment Facility and the State committee for Architecture and Construction of the Republic of Uzbekistan in supporting this national initiative, working to enhance energy efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

1. Application of new energy efficient standards to more than 2 million m2 of public space in the educational and healthcare sectors annually.
a. Updating of public building codes to reduce allowed energy consumption in public buildings by at least 25 per cent, and ensuring that the code is appropriately utilised.
b. Establishing a Department for Energy Efficient Codes at the end of the project's 1st year, and the training of its 20 staff by the end of the project's 2nd year.

2. Enhancement of government awareness of the performance of current healthcare and educational facilities, and the need to invest in energy efficiency.
a. Carrying out of 80 audits, 40 in schools and 40 in hospitals, each year of the project.
b. Introducing an energy performance certificate scheme in at least two pilot regions, and ensuring that the resulting data is recorded and easily accessible.
c. Ensuring that the duties of building maintenance personnel in pilot regions include energy management tasks by the end of the project's 3rd year.

3. Ensuring that Uzbek design and construction professionals can design efficient buildings and manage their performance.
a. Ensuring that submitted building designs meet and exceed codes established by the project, and that 300 architects are trained accordingly.
b. Ensuring that subjects regarding energy-efficiency in buildings and integrated building designs are available to university students studying energy management and architecture, respectively.
c. Increasing sales of materials that improve energy efficiency in buildings by the project's 4th year.

4. Ensuring that the energy and cost-saving potential of integrated building designs are demonstrated in two newly-built and three reconstructed buildings.
a. Renovating and reconstructing six buildings by the end of the project's 2nd year, and two more by the end of the project's 3rd year, with the use of integrated design principles, and the recording of energy use.
b. Circulating enhanced plan and prototype information to 36 leading design institutes and other organisations by the end of the project's 2nd year.
c. Ensuring that designs and performance information regarding pilot buildings are both nationally and internationally available by the end of the project's 4th year.

The goal of this project is to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions in Uzbekistan's public buildings, particularly those in the healthcare and education sectors such as schools, colleges, rural health clinics and hospitals. This goal will be achieved by improving building norms and standards, by demonstrating integrated building design approaches, and by developing the capacities of local specialists in regards to building design, construction and maintenance.


  • Strengthen norms and regulations related to energy efficiency in new and reconstructed buildings.
  • Establish highly-visible energy management systems in all targeted public sector buildings.
  • Help the building sector meet energy efficiency requirements for both design and construction.
  • Demonstrate the concept of integrated building designs with energy-efficiency components.
  • Integrate project results into standard practice in public, residential and commercial sectors.

As the result of project's implementation during the period from 2009 to the present, the adopted building norms and standards will be mandatorily applied not only in the construction of public facilities but also that of residential and commercial buildings. This will help to increase the saving of energy resources in Uzbekistan for at least the next 50 years. In addition this will ensure a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, and will provide protection from pollution for coming generations.

Numerous local experts trained by the project will offer their expertise in applying integrated building design approaches, and will transfer their knowledge to newcomers in this industry in Uzbekistan.

Ultimately, energy efficiency and energy saving ideas will be sustainably utilised by the nation's greater population, offering a more-comfortable lifestyle and better living standards.

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Raised: $ 13,584,765

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Welcome aboard! :)
Ekaterina Biryukova, 2013-07-23 13:57

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