On April 4th, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft law number № 4941-d «On energy efficiency of buildings» in the first reading. The document defines the principles of ensuring and improving energy efficiency of buildings, and should help to reduce energy consumption. For the public, this means expenses decrease and improving living conditions. The adoption of this draft law is part of Ukraine’s commitments to the European Union.
Determining buildings energy efficiency will be carried out by certification. The obtained document will be a part of the facility certificate and will be valid for 10 years.
According to the draft law, financing to improve energy efficiency will be carried out by the building owners, the state and local budgets and other sources permitted by law. The state will support subject to availability of a building energy facility certificate.
The draft law also stipulates that the priority of state support in this area will be: conduction of thermal modernization, introduction of automated monitoring and control, installation of heat supply systems (in whole or in part with renewable energy sources), heat pumps, etc.
The provisions of this draft law will not be applied to non-residential industrial and agricultural buildings with low energy consumption; buildings designed for religious organizations worship and ceremonies; cultural heritage; temporary structures; and building with heated area of less than 50 square meters.
Source: the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine