Construction permits issued in Georgia will require minimum energy efficiency requirements starting in July, the Ministry of Economy announced on Wednesday.
Deputy Economy Minister Romeo Mikautadze on Wednesday met representatives of construction and development companies and business associations to highlight the new requirements would have a “positive impact” both through reduction of harmful effects on the environment, and “social and economic aspects”.
An energy-efficient building maintains its temperature for a long time and uses approximately 40 percent less energy for heating or cooling. Accordingly, costs related to heating in winter and cooling in summer are significantly reduced”, Mikautadze pointed out.
Project submissions will need to include declarations confirming adherence of building projects to the new requirements, with the Ministry offering training courses for the declarations for architects and project designers.
The body said the courses had trained 300 individuals, with another 3,500 set to undergo the trainings “in the near future”.