Renewed, innovative GIS

Why deep retrofit programmes in the new Green Investment Scheme?

In our view it is important that the available economic policies should give priority to long-term climate protection and social interests instead of prospering short-term framework programmes.


GIS Deep renovation programs in the family house, home co-operative and condominium sector.

 

The objective of the planned GIS deep renovation sub-programs is to achieve a minimum 60% in energy savings in the course of the renovation of residential buildings, detached family houses and apartment blocks through the funding of complex investments in place of the average 40% in energy savings and emission reductions implemented through the current building energy GIS sub-programs.

If a building is once renovated and not all efficiency growth potentials are exploited in a single step, it is extremely unfavourable in terms of cost effectiveness, and it places a major burden, costs and inconvenience on households when the renovation works enabling the use of remaining potentials are subsequently carried out at the same location. Therefore the implementation of additional investments is practically ruled out for decades following a renovation.


If a large scale renovation programme only sets targets that are easiest to implement (only superficial investments which nonetheless reduce energy consumption in the short term, such as window replacements or partial building insulation), it does not encourage the public to implement complex investments. As a result, the energy consumption of renovated buildings aiming at a lower level of energy savings will be higher for many decades than what could have been realised with the currently available technologies, thereby basically locking in the long-term emission reduction potential of Hungary.

 


Source: Ürge-Vorsatz et al. (2010) Impact of a large scale, complex building renovation programme targeting energy savings on employment in Hungary. Prepared by the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) for the European Climate Foundation, Central European University, Budapest, p. 16.


The research group of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University has studied numerous renovation scenarios varying in terms of the achievable level of energy efficiency and in terms of the number of homes that can be renovated in a year. The study pointed out that up to 85% of heating energy consumption and the related carbon dioxide emission in Hungary can be saved in the country through a consistent, wide ranging, complex and comprehensive renovation program, whereby public and residential buildings would be renovated with a passive house technology.

 


Source: Ürge-Vorsatz et al. (2010) Impact of a large scale, complex building renovation programme targeting energy savings on employment in Hungary. Prepared by the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) for the European Climate Foundation, Central European University, Budapest, p. 15.

GIS funding of newly built, energy efficient residential buildings


GIS constitutes the sole funding system in Hungary that promotes the proliferation of newly built, energy efficient buildings. The 2009 GIS Energy Efficiency Sub-Program also supported the construction of newly built energy efficient residential buildings in addition to the energy efficiency based renovation of traditional residential buildings aimed at climate protection. This funding area will constitute an independent pillar of the GIS in the future.


Funding relating to newly built homes aims at construction applying energy conscious technologies with energy efficiency that is higher than required under regulations, and at the building of passive house residential buildings.

The planned programme is not only a financing mechanism, but also a comprehensive set of requirements where the products built in, the building contractors and the “end products”, i.e. the buildings, must be of adequate and outstanding quality within a set of building energy criteria.


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