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Improving energy efficiency in buildings

Background

Improving energy efficiency in buildings can greatly lessen energy demands and, as a result, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to 2009 data, the building sector accounts for a 37% share of the country’s overall energy consumption. Other figures show that properly insulated buildings can produce energy savings of 30-50%. As part of its preparations for EU accession, Turkey needs to align its institutional framework and legislation with the EU regulations on energy efficiency. While energy certification for new buildings was made obligatory in 2011, the deadline for existing stock is 2017. To achieve significant reductions of energy use in existing buildings, it is important to perform future large-scale retrofitting of buildings in a systematic and controlled manner.

The project’s aims and core activities

The objective of the project is to improve energy efficiency in Turkey through the better design of new buildings and analyses of the needs and typologies of existing buildings to establish refurbishment principles. Not only will energy efficiency generate economic savings, it will make a positive contribution to fighting climate change and securing the country’s energy supply.

The project, which is under the direction of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, is structured along a number of converging actions. The project is being implemented in two phases. Phase A includes: analysis and evaluation of the current situation, a training needs analysis, defining building typologies for four climate zones, developing a building data inventory and handbook on national building typologies, developing a simple energy performance simulation model, and preparing promotional materials and guidelines. Phase B covers all the training, workshops, conferences and study visits planned for this project.

To achieve significant reductions of energy use in existing buildings, it is important to perform future large-scale retrofitting of buildings in a systematic and controlled manner. Also, refurbishment will become a market for the whole construction sector. The involvement of public institutions, municipalities, professional chambers, and various other relevant organisations/structures, as well as stakeholders, especially in activities related to raising awareness about and implementing the EU directives, is crucial.

FINANCING PERIOD

IPA I (2007–2013)

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Budget: €3,333,500 million (EU contribution €3 million)
  • Province: Nationwide
  • Status: Ongoing (completion expected in 2017)