UNDP promotes energy saving methods in building design in Uzbekistan

June 14, 2024

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Educating people on energy saving is the greatest challenge of our time. Today in Uzbekistan the energy saving technologies implementation is accelerated by the joint project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Republic of Uzbekistan “Market transformation for sustainable rural housing in Uzbekistan” funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project also strengthens the capacity of national specialists in this area.

In April-June 2024 under the scope of this project the trainings have been conducted in all the regions of the country and in Karakalpakstan for architects and architecture university students. The trainings were organized with the support of the Research Institute of Technical Norms and Standardization in Construction under the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as in collaboration with another UNDP Uzbekistan project “Sustainable Rural Development”.

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UNDP experts familiarized the training participants with benefits of passive heating/cooling techniques, which are associated with much lower greenhouse gases emissions, as well as with solar radiation calculation free software tools. The training also highlighted the role of BIM (Building Information Modeling) technologies in improving and ensuring transparency of design and construction processes.  Additionally, the Green Investment Financial Support Mechanism (FSM) was presented in detail and discussed with the training participants emphasizing on the energy-efficiency issue – isolation tools and materials and their importance in the construction. The event was attended by about 250 specialists, professors and students.

The UNDP/GEF project has been implemented since 2017. A significant milestone of the project is the developed standard designs of 24 types of energy efficient buildings, which boosted mass construction of energy efficient and low carbon housing all across the country. Additionally the project has provided financial and technical assistance for the construction of 1358 energy efficient and low carbon houses and apartments. One of the significant results of the project was also the revision of a number of building codes and regulations from the point of view of energy efficiency.

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