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Regional Affairs Ministry introduces mandatory energy efficiency standards for education establishments

Source : 112 Ukraine

The planning and technology decisions need to ensure the optimal level of energy consumption at the time of construction and exploitation (of educational institutions)
13:38, 24 April 2018

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The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Public Utilities of Ukraine is going to adopt state construction standards with specific energy efficiency requirements for schools and kindergartens, the deputy minister Lev Partskhaladze said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

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“Unfortunately, in many of our schools and kindergartens, windows are still sealed with polyurethane foam, while children have to wear coats indoors. Because of this, they often get sick and have to skip classes. According to the new requirements, all of the planning and technology decisions need to ensure the optimal level of energy consumption at the time of construction and exploitation (of educational institutions)”, - Partskhaladze wrote on his Facebook page.

According to the official, the standards will require heating systems to be equipped with devices for automatic management of the heating power, whereas envelope building will have to possess heat retention properties that would ensure targeted consumption of the heating power used.

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The deputy minister also pointed out that the suggested standards are going to make the conditions of kids’ being in schools and kindergartens more comfortable, as well as to cut energy costs.

According to the official’s data, the relevant draft requirements will be introduced in the nearest future.

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