Prime Minister Eduard Heger supports measures to reduce energy consumption in public buildings following the solutions prepared by the National Implementation and Coordination Authority (NIKA) at the Government Office of the Slovak Republic and experts from the Buildings for the Future platform – bpb.sk reports.
Cooperation between experts and the state
The document, entitled Ten Solutions for Public Building Managers, contains quick and low-investment measures that can be implemented in a short time before the start of the next heating season. The proposed measures have the potential to reduce energy consumption for heating by up to 20 %.
The 4 main benefits
“In cooperation with the Office of the Government of the Slovak Republic, we have identified measures that are feasible for investment and can be implemented quickly, and at the same time are very energy efficient. The implementation of these measures will have four main benefits – it will save public finances; to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel imports from abroad; to strengthen our energy security, and last but not least, saving energy is a significant contribution to climate protection,” – bpb.sk cites Richard Paksi, analyst of the Buildings for the Future platform.
The solution is not to turn off the air conditioning
There are more than 15,000 public buildings in Slovakia, mainly consisting of schools and administrative buildings. In unrenovated, energy-inefficient buildings, heating accounts for more than 80% of energy consumption. Therefore, the most significant potential for reducing energy consumption in public buildings is represented by measures related to heating.
“We already feel very strongly today that the state and local governments, like households, will have to deal with high energy costs. However, the solution is not to turn off the air conditioning in the building of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. We should approach this much more responsibly and use the summer period to implement meaningful measures that can really ensure a reduction in the energy demand of buildings, but at the same time preserve a comfortable and healthy environment in buildings,” – added Katarína Nikodemová, director of the platform.
The new chapter of REPowerEU represents an opportunity to allocate financial resources for these measures and thus support local governments in the implementation of proposed measures on public buildings.
The 10 solutions
Ten solutions that have the potential to reduce energy consumption for heating public buildings by up to 20 % in brief:
- Installation of an intelligent energy consumption measurement system in the building
- Introduction of efficient energy management and regulation systems
- Hydraulic regulation of the heating system
- Installation of thermostatic heads
- Attic or roof insulation
- Insulation of heat distribution in the building
- Information campaign or training on energy-saving options among employees
- Lowering the temperature in heated rooms by at least 1 °C
- Installation of renewable energy sources
- Replacement of old lighting with energy-saving LED lamps