Public buildings to be included in renovation programme as well2014-02-12
On 12 February, the Government approved the proposal for a substantial renewal of the renovation process for public buildings.
The Ministry of Environment has been charged with the task of supervising the improvement of energy efficiency of public buildings owned or managed by municipalities. The Ministry of Energy will have to supervise renovation of state-owned buildings.
‘There is no doubt that the renovation programme must be expanded. While residents of multi-apartment buildings pay for heating themselves, we all have to pay for public buildings. The multi-apartment building renovation programme is progressing with success, so we will use our experience in modernising public buildings as well,’ said Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis.
Both ministries will have to prepare a new draft ‘Programme for the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings’ by 1 July.
Launching a new Multi-Apartment Building Renovation (Modernisation) Programme in 2013, the Ministry of Environment has provided all technical and organisational measures to implement and fund modernisation projects through municipal energy efficiency improvement programmes. The programme has received wide support of the population and increased confidence in the renovation process, and has been implemented with success. The active involvement of municipalities in this process has also contributed to the programme’s success. That is why including municipalities in the new public building renovation programme is reasonable since they are interested in cutting their costs and improving the quality of buildings in their ownership.
Previously, renovation of public buildings was the domain of the Ministry of Economy.
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