By participating in the online meeting held on December 5, 2023, REA North officially commenced work on the new EU project “Overcoming Underperforming Renovations in Central and Eastern Europe (OUR-CEE).”
The OUR-CEE project is funded through the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) program and brings together four partners from four different EU countries (Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and Croatia).
The project’s start date was marked as December 1, 2023, and it will run for a total of 28 months, concluding on March 31, 2026.
The OUR-CEE project has several specific objectives, among which the enhancement of the quality of future energy renovation projects and the increase in the energy efficiency of buildings that have undergone energy renovations but are currently not achieving the full potential of projected savings are highlighted.
In addition to these goals, the OUR-CEE project also aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of issues related to poorly executed energy renovations of public buildings, using examples of poorly executed energy renovations in all four partner countries.
During the first wave of energy renovations of public buildings from 2014 to 2020, only a small percentage of the total fund for such buildings was renovated, while a significant number of these buildings did not achieve the expected savings as defined by the project.
To address the issue of unrealized savings, the OUR-CEE project will conduct an analysis of implemented energy renovations of public buildings, identify the causes of unrealized energy and consequently financial savings, and ultimately propose measures to enhance the energy efficiency of public buildings.