Scheme of renovation of the public buildings in Lithuania
This scheme to renovate public buildings in Lithuania is designed to reduce their energy consumption. High energy consumption arising especially from the inefficiency of energy performance in buildings built prior to the 1993 energy efficiency standards is the main problem in the management and exploitation of these buildings. Current energy characteristics of such buildings do not guarantee effective consumption of energy and result in high running costs. The renovation of the public buildings will reduce pollution from the primary fuel burnt while producing electricity and heat.
"... an impressive programme tackling a high priority issue. The approach selected of targeting the most energy ineffective buildings with a view to maximum energy saving is commendable." – RegioStars Jury 2011
Under the scheme the modernisation of the buildings is undertaken using only measures which ensure efficient use of energy. The measures covered include the repair of outer walls, reconstruction and the modernisation of the energy systems. Ex-ante energy consumption audits help to decide on the specific work that should be undertaken to improve the energy performance of the building. These audits identify the reasons for high energy consumption in each specific building and recommend the action required to change an energy-inefficient building into an effective one.
Of the 550 buildings expected to be financed the majority – 313 buildings – are educational or preschool buildings. Other buildings to be renovated are run by public medical, custodial, sport and cultural institutions. All stakeholders, who are involved directly (e.g. by improved thermal insulation and therefore by a warmer healthcare or educational institution) or indirectly (by reducing the running expenses for the building and the need for heating), benefit from the initiative. 92 buildings were already renovated by mid 2010 accounting for nearly 25% of the budget.
In addition, the renovation of the public buildings has a direct influence on the country’s economy. It is maintaining employment in the relevant construction sub-sectors – by mid 2010 443 companies had been involved in the works creating or securing 24 000 jobs, also on a regional level. By reducing the energy consumption the scheme is also contributing to reducing demand for imported energy. It is planned, by the end of the scheme, to save 133 GWh per year (including 88 GWh based on the measure linked to 357 national buildings and 33.5 GWh in relation to the 158 buildings in the specific regional measure).
The innovative elements of this scheme, in the Lithuanian context, are its scale, the way projects have been prepared and selected and its regional dimension. The current scheme targets 550 buildings compared to the previous scheme targeting 86 buildings in the last period. It also promotes for the first time a role for redevelopment councils in project selection and the building of partnerships and exchanges of experience.