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Building efficiently in Ukraine

Better insulation and solar panels are drastically reducing energy demand in private homes.

Project goal: Developing energy-saving measures for the construction industry and monitoring buildings' environmental performance; training carpenters and raising awareness of environmental issues
Project scale: The construction of a climate-neutral building containing residential apartments and commercial space
Project investment: 4.5 million euros

Ukraine is one of Europe's most wasteful nations when it comes to energy. Private homes are responsible for some 30 percent of the country's energy consumption, with windows that don't shut properly and radiators that can't be regulated. But a residential complex currently under construction in Kiev shows how much energy can be saved with modern energy-saving methods such as efficient insulation and solar panels. Commissioned by the International Climate Initiative, experts from the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) are advising the construction companies and contractors involved, and closely monitoring energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

A film by Alexandra von Nahmen