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The number of energy efficient buildings in Lithuania is growing

2015-01-19

Based on the data of Statybos Produkcijos Sertifikavimo Centras (Certification Centre for Construction Products, SPSC), the number of energy efficient buildings in Lithuania is growing. In 2013, there was only one building assigned to each of energy performance classes A+ and A, whereas, last year, there were sixteen new buildings assigned to class A and six buildings were rated in class A+. The number of energy performance certificates for lower energy performance class, i.e. B, issued last year exceeded the number of similar certificates in the year before by 668 (1710 certificates were issued in 2013 and 2378 certificates in 2014).

In our country, energy performance of each new building must be certified after the building or parts thereof have been completely constructed, reconstructed or renovated, or if major repairs have been carried out, as well as in case of sale or lease. This provision of the Law on Construction entered into force in 2013.

In terms of energy performance, buildings are divided into the following 9 classes: A++, A+, A, B, C, D, E, F and G. The highest class A++ indicates that the building consumes almost no energy, whereas classes A+, A and B signify that buildings consume little energy.

Since 2014 all newly constructed buildings in Lithuania must correspond to energy performance class B, whereas reconstructed, renovated or repaired buildings must be assigned to class C, if the price of the repairs exceeds one fourth of the value of the building. From 1 January 2016, all newly constructed buildings will have to correspond to class A; therefore, the number of energy efficient buildings will continue to grow.

In Lithuania, the process of building energy performance certification was launched in 2007. To this date, over 91,000 building energy performance certificates have been registered. Among them, seven buildings are assigned to class A+ and 33 buildings to class A.

Currently, the most energy efficient residential buildings, on average, consume around 49 kWh/m2 per year, around 19 kWh/m2 of which is used for heating. Meanwhile, non-renovated multi-apartment buildings consume almost six and a half times more, i.e. 318 kWh/m2 per year (275 kWh/m2 per year for heating).

Public Information Division
19 January 2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas