Bucharest sector 1 - thermal rehabilitation programme

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Bucharest residents benefit from major energy efficiency project

Thousands of Bucharest’s residents have benefitted from a programme to improve the energy efficiency of apartments and public buildings in the Romanian capital. Extensive insulation work has been carried out on 839 residential blocks — containing 42 359 apartments in total — as well as 140 public facilities, which include schools and hospitals. The scheme is expected to cut the energy consumption of buildings by about half, help families and local authorities to reduce their energy costs and in doing so make a valuable contribution towards Romania’s environmental commitments.

The work involved insulating walls and roofs and installing double glazed windows in the residential blocks, leading them to be upgraded from building energy efficiency class G to class B or A. Some 27 kindergartens, 37 primary schools, 28 high schools and four hospitals were also renovated and insulated. New efficient boilers were installed and connected to the centralised municipal distribution system. An energy audit for all public buildings was also carried out.

The renovation work has also improved the overall appearance of buildings and inspired ongoing urban regeneration efforts in the capital. For example the rehabilitation programme, which has been carried out in one sector of the city, has since been rolled out to four others. The project brought further economic benefits through contracting out construction work to local SMEs.