The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday approved the long-term building renovation strategy, the main goal of which is to cost-effectively renovate the existing building stock into nearly zero-energy buildings by 2050, informed LETA/BNS.
The strategy is a part of Estonia's national energy and climate plan, spokespeople for the government said.
Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that the state must aim to improve the living and working conditions of 80% of Estonia's residents by renovating said environments into nearly zero-energy buildings.
"It would mean healthier and higher quality living and working environments, and overall also lower living costs. Half of our energy consumption is attributable to Estonia's building stock, therefore, improving people's living conditions also has a significant role in meeting our climate ambitions" Ratas said.
The premier noted that the implementation of the strategy must also include Estonian researchers and experts, and be supported by the state.
The analysis carried out during the drafting of the strategy showed that altogether 54 mln square meters of existing building space needs to be renovated by 2050, including 100,000 residential buildings, 14,000 apartment buildings and 27,000 non-residential buildings, all of which should achieve at least energy efficiency class C.
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