Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Project Document

Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Project Document

The objective of the GEF full size project is to reverse the existing trends and reduce consumption of electrical and thermal energy and associated GHG emissions in new and restored, primarily residential buildings in Armenia. It does this by creating enabling regulatory environment, skills and capacity among industry professionals to introduce the principles of integrated building design in Armenian construction practices from the stage of building design through construction to maintenance of the buildings.

The support provided by the project combines development of a new regulation (EE building codes and certification scheme) with the training of professionals, demonstration of integrated building design and stimulating manufacturing of new EE materials and equipment.

The project is implemented under the UNDP-led GEF Global Framework for Promoting Low Carbon Buildings with a primarily focus on two thematic approaches promoted by the Global Framework: a) promotion and increased uptake of high quality building codes and standards; and b) developing and promoting energy efficient building technologies, building materials and construction practices. The coordination offered by the global program will help Armenia to learn from experiences and best practices from countries with similar EE building projects.

The Project is presented also on joint web-site of UNDP Projects on Energy Efficient Buildings in Central Asia and Armenia created with assistance of UNDP Regional Center in Bratislava.

Steering Committee

Improving EE in Buildings: Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee (PSC) shall be charged with inter-institutional coordination, overseeing and advising Project on the execution of Project activities and will have decision-making power.

The project shall be implemented under the overall coordination of PSC, the latter together with the Implementing Agency (UNDP) is responsible for project progress and continuous monitoring to achieve the goals under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The PSC meets once a year or when required and has the following duties:

  • Oversee project progress and provide general consultation for project implementation policy ensuring the project’s consistency with the other ongoing processes in the country;
  • Provide a linkage between the project and stakeholder agencies, facilitate the communication between the project and respective sectors and promote the decision making effectiveness in conformity with national energy efficiency strategy and the direct objectives of reduction of GHG emissions;
  • Promote the relevant data collection and ensure constant information exchange between stakeholders;
  • Identify technical constraints, which may hinder project timely implementation and recommend relevant activities;
  • Review and assess project  semi-annual and annual outputs, and approve annual plans.

Members

Improving EE in Buildings: SC Composition

Aramayis Grigoryan

Minister of Nature Protection of RA,
PSC Co-Chair

Narek Sargsyan

Minister of Urban Development of RA,
PSC Co-Chair

Bradley Busetto

UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative,
PSC Co-Chair

Aram Gabrielyan

UNFCCC National Coordinator

Yevgenia Atayan

Head of Housing Policy and Municipal Infrastructures Department, Ministry of Urban Development of RA

Hrach Tsughunyan

Head of Development Department, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of RA

Armen Yeganyan

Head of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Department, Ministry of Economy of RA

Tamara Babayan

Director, Armenia Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund

Anahit Simonian

Head of UNIDO Operations, UN Industrial Development Organization in Armenia

Yeghiazar Vardanyan

Head of Rector’s Staff, Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction

Gurgen Minasyan

Director, Union of Builders of Armenia

Meetings

Project Steering Committee Meeting, 2011-11-16

Steering Committee meeting of "Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings" UNDP-GEF/00059937 project was held in the Conference hall of Ministry of Nature Protection of the RA on November 16, 2011. All the 11 members of the Committee were present at the meeting and the Project experts and representatives of partner organizations and contractor companies also took part in it. Analytical report on the Project's activities performed within 2010-2011 was represented and endorsed by the Committee. Work plan for 2011-2012 was discussed and approved provided that the Committee's recommendations are taken into account. The participants addressed future tasks of the Project, supporting and impeding factors for its activities.

Agenda
Participants
Protocol

Analytical Report 2010-2011

V.Jalalyan - Presentation of the Analytical Report 2010-2011 (0.9MB.pdf)

 

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Project Steering Committee Meeting, December 2012

Steering Committee Meeting of "Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings" UNDP-GEF/00059937 project in the year 2012 was arranged via inquiry. Annual report of the Project's activities and draft work plan for the year 2013 were forwarded to the Steering Committee members and their written approval was received.

Annual Report of the Project's Activities in 2012

Project Steering Committee Meeting, 2013-11-29

Steering Committee meeting of “Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings” UNDP-GEF/00059937 project was held in the UN House Conference Hall on November 29, 2013. Of the 11 members of the Committee, 10 were present at the meeting as well as the Project experts. Analytical report on the Project's activities performed within 2013 was represented and endorsed by the Committee. Work plan for 2014 was discussed and approved provided that the Committee's recommendations are taken into account. The participants highly appreciated the progress achieved so far and confirmed their further support for the Project's activities.

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Participants

Analytical Report 2013_5.6MB.pdf

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Project Steering Committee Meeting, 2014-12-23

Steering Committee meeting of “Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings” UNDP-GEF/00059937 project was held in the Conference Hall of Ministry of Nature Protection of the RA on December 23, 2014. Of the 11 members of the Committee, 10 were present at the meeting as well as the Project experts. Analytical report on the Project's activities performed within 2014 was represented and endorsed by the Committee. Work plan for 2015 was discussed and approved. The participants highly appreciated the extra activities implemented within the Project and confirmed their support for the Project's prolongation.

Agenda
Participants
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Inter-Agency Working Group

Improving EE in Buildings: Inter-Agency Working Group

Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) was established by ordinance of Minister of Urban Development of the RA (#125 of November 11, 2010).

IAWG implements support activities for forming an enabling of supportive evironment for developing construction norms and regulations for the use of modern energy-efficient construction technologies and construction materials and their mandatory enactment, as well as building professional skills and capacities for introducing the construction principles in the design of energy efficient buildings (from the design phase up to the construction and exploitation phase).

The activities of the working group are as follows:

1) discuss and provide consultancy on recommendations for opportunities and removing barriers to the introduction of new energy efficiency norms and standards;

2) discuss the list and the timetable for the development, revision and localization of construction norms and standards;

3) discuss drafts of construction norms and/or standards developed/amended by international and national experts within the framework of the project and present recommendations;

4) present recommendations for improving the application and control mechanisms for construction norms and standards;

5) discuss the design and construction process of pilot energy efficient residential apartment buildings, and present recommendations for work quality control and exploitation.

Ordinance of the RA Minister of Urban Development (#125 of November 11, 2010)

Members

Improving EE in Buildings: IAWG Members

A. Karapetyan

Deputy Urban Development Minister of Armenia
(head of the working group)

S. Srapyan

Head of housing stock management and communal infrastructures division of the housing policy and communal infrastructures department of the staff of the Ministry of Urban Development of Armenia

O. Karapetyan

Head of technical regulation and standardization division of the scientific-technical policy of the administration of the Ministry of Urban Development of Armenia

H. Tsughunyan

Head of the development department of the staff of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia

M. Tsarukyan

Head of atmospheric air policy division of the staff of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia

A. Yeganyan

Head of the SME development department of the staff of the Ministry of Economy of Armenia

G. Minasyan

Director of Constructors Union of Armenia (with consent)

Ye. Vardanyan

Head of the staff of the Rector of National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia Foundation (with consent)

T.Babayan

Director of the renewable energy energy-saving fund of Armenia (with consent)

H. Abrahamyan

Representative of Glendale hills CJSC (with consent)

A. Karapetyan

Expert of construction norms and standards of the project “Improving energy efficiency in buildings” (Secretary) (with consent)

Meetings

Improving EE in Buildings: IAWG Meetings

During 1st meeting of IAWG, it was decided to request the subcontractor company to submit "Analysis of legal, normative and institutional framework for elaboration and adoption of energy efficient building codes and standards" report being elaborated to the attention of the Group and organise a session to discuss the report; to request the Group members to submit their comments and recommendations on the Group’s charter.
IAWG 1st meeting minutes, November 12, 2010 (in Armenian)

During 2nd meeting of IAWG, it was decided - per the 1st component of the Project - to envisage proposition of amendments to legal and normative acts for strengthening of "Thermal physics fo builidng envelope" RA norm enforcement; to contribute to renewal of ICP "Thermal protection of buildings" based on both mandatory and integrated approach, including improved incentives to abide by the norms.
IAWG 2nd meeting minutes, November 19, 2010 (in Armenian)


IAWG 3rd meeting minutes, December 22, 2011 (in Armenian, upcoming)
Presentation by the Project's International Expert on Localization of the Revised MSN 2.04-02-2004 "Thermal Protection of Buildings" and on Elaboration of Technical Regulations Ms. Nina Umniakova (rus_1.9MB.pdf). Draft technical regulation on safety of buildings, structures, construction materials and pre-fabricates was also presented and discussed.

During 4th meeting of IAWG, it was decided to recommend the Project to draft amendments to concrete legal acts as per the presented draft set of measures (arm_1.2MB.pdf) for legal and institutional improvements required for strengthening and development of energy efficiency approaches in urban development sector. The draft legal amendments should then be submitted to the discussion of the RA Ministry of Urban Development, the RA Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and other stakeholders.  
IAWG 4th meeting minutes, October 12, 2012 (in Armenian)

The Advisory Handbook proposing certain technical solutions for insulation of building envelopes was endorsed for submission to the Ministry of Urban Development of the RA for approval and further enactment. The Project's endeavors were supported towards improving the circulating draft of the RA law "On Urban Development of the Smaller Center of Yerevan City" per the energy saving impact.
IAWG 5th meeting minutes, August 28, 2013 (in Armenian)

The IAWG highly appreciated the draft of “Technical regulations on energy efficiency in buildings” and recommended to pay specific attention to the terminology used in the document so that it was consistent with the legislation currently in effect and strongly substantiated for further submission for the approval of the RA Ministry of Justice. The members and other participants agreed upon the timelines for making necessary amendments.
IAWG 6th meeting minutes, July 29, 2014 (in Armenian)

Project Team

Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Staff and Experts

Diana Harutyunyan
UNDP Climate Change Related Projects Coordinator
PhD in Biological Sciences
Tel.: (+374 10) 583920 (14)
Email: diana@nature.am

Vahram Jalalyan
Task Leader
"Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings" UNDP-GEF Project
Tel.: (+374 10) 583920 (21)
Email: vahram.jalalyan@undp.org

Marianna Arzangulyan
Expert Team Assistant
Tel.: (+374 10) 583920 (18) 
Email: marianna.arzangulyan@undp.org

National Experts  

Arsen Karapetyan
National Expert on Building Codes

 

Apres Nazaryan
National Expert on Architecture and Construction
(Construction Supervision)
Tigran Sekoyan
National Expert on quality assurance and quality control of construction and insulation materials 
Artur Tsughunyan
National Expert on Energy Audit
Nazineh-Khalafyan Nazineh Khalafyan
National Expert on Public Relations
Tel.: (+374 10) 583932 (13) 
Email: nazineh.khalafyan@nature.am
Alen-Amirkhanian Alen Amirkhanian
Expert on Development of Training Modules on Integrated Building Design and Energy Efficient Building Design
Anna Karamyan
National Expert on development of an testing equipment application manual
Samvel Yedigaryan
National Expert on legislation revision and legal issues
Zaven Khudaverdyan
National Expert on Architecture and Construction
Khachik Sahakyan
National Expert on capacity assessment of testing and certification laboratories

Garik Arabyan
Data-base and data-mart of insulation construction materials

Ani Rafyan
National Expert on Curricula Development

Anna Dira
National Expert on Public Relations

Naira-Papyan

Naira Papyan
National Expert on Public Relations

International Experts

Mark Chao
International Expert on Energy Efficient Building Codes

 

Lisa Surprenant
International Expert on Building Design
 


Kirsten Maquire

International Expert on International Expert on Development and delivery of comprehensive
training program on Energy Efficient Building Design and Integrated Building Design Approach

 Legro-Susan

Susan Legro
International Consultant on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  Nina Umniakova
International Expert on elaboration of technical regulations and building codes on energy efficiency
and thermal protection of buildings 
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)
  Alexander Spiridonov
International Expert on certification and testing of construction materials energy performance
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

Igor Bessonov
International Expert on certification and testing of construction materials energy performance
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

 

Valeri Anzhelov
International Expert on Acoustics
Head of Sector
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

 Gagarin

Vladimir Gagarin
Head of Building Thermal Physics Laboratory
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

 Lobanov

Vladimir Lobanov
Deputy Head of Thermal Physics and Acoustic Testing
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

Partners and Subcontractors

 

Yerevan city Municipality

Energy Efficient Reconstruction of a Residential Building 

YSUAC-logo

National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia Foundation

Incorporating energy efficiency topics into the curricula

Polytechnik-logo

State Engineering University of Armenia (Polytechnic)

 

American University of Armenia

Trainings on Energy Efficiency 

"Architon" LLC
Director: L.Ghalumyan

Design of Energy Saving Residential Demonstration Building

Replicable (typical) design of energy efficient individual residential house

 

“Ayr-Design” LLC
Director: Mr. Zohrab Bauer

“Menhir” LLC
Director: Mr. Raffi Tashjian

Replicable (typical) design of energy efficient individual residential house

"Shincertificate" LLC
Director: A.Vardanyan

Elaboration/Revision of Energy Efficient Building Codes/Standards

Partner Testing Laboratory and Certification Body

 

“Ukrshin” LLC
Director: K.Parsamyan

“P.Abajyan” LLC
Director: P.Abajyan

Partner Testing Laboratory

 

"Third Nature" NGO 
Director: R.Mkhitaryan

Social survey on ES/EE issues in "Mush-2" residential area in Gyumri city

“Development Solutions Institute” Foundation
Director:   A.Karapetyan

“Glendale Hills” CJSC
Director: V.Almoyan

"Fast Track Construction" CJSC
Director: A.Pashinyan

Construction of EE residential social building in Akhuryan community 

 

Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, Office for the South Caucasus - Branch Office Armenia
Project Officer: V.Hovhannisyan  

Co-financing of construction of EE residential social building in Goris town

 

"Harsnadzor" LLC
Director: V.Mirzoyan

Construction of EE residential social building in Goris town

Research Institute of Building Physics 
of Russian Academy of Architecture and Buildings Sciences
Director: I.Shubin
 

“Al Hamra Real Estate” LLC
Director: H.Byuzandyan

No-cost expansion of energy efficient approaches application

 

“AE Consulting” LLC
Director: A.Rafyan

Technical solutions catalog for building envelope insulation

 

Demonstration projects

Yerevan city

Yerevan city

Letter of Intent was signed between UNDP and Yerevan Municipality to show the potential of energy efficiency in multi-apartment buildings through increasing the thermal resistance of envelop, and the respective works were performed in A1-451 KP1P/9 series building #6 Daniel Varuzhan residential area of Avan administrative district. 

Summary of works performed and outcome monitored (eng)

Avan DSK

Goris Community

Goris Community

Three-lateral Letter of Intent on cooperation was signed between the RA Syunik marz administration, Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency and UNDP Armenia in June 2011 to perform energy efficiency measures in social residential multi-apartment building in Goris town.

The works were successfully completed and official opening held on December 18, 2012. Subsequently, monitoring was exercised with the actual energy performance improvements found as expected and above. Please refer to the detailed factsheet for more information.

 

 

Akhuryan Community

Akhuryan Community

Three-lateral Letter of Intent on cooperation was signed between the RA Ministry of Urban Development, “Glendale Hills” CJSC and UNDP Armenia to perform energy efficiency measures in a residential multi-apartment building in Akhuryan village.

Works performed as of May 2012 (260KB.pdf and rus_290KB.pdf)

Resident survey in "Mush-2" residential area of Gyumri city (470KB.pdf and rus_440KB.pdf))

Energy audit and monitoring in "Mush-2" residential area of Gyumri city (410KB.pdf)

Cascade Hills: support to energy efficiency

Cascade Hills: support to energy efficiency

“Al Hamra Real Estate Armenia” LLC constructs “Cascade Hills” residential complex in Yerevan city. In 2012, a Letter of Intent was signed between UNDP Armenia and the developer, and the Project provides consultancy to the company to ensure the highest possible energy performance of the buildings.

Brief description of supporting energy efficiency in Cascade-Hills residential complex, Yerevan city

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News / Events

Publications

Partners

Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Staff and Experts

Diana Harutyunyan
UNDP Climate Change Related Projects Coordinator
PhD in Biological Sciences
Tel.: (+374 10) 583920 (14)
Email: diana@nature.am

Vahram Jalalyan
Task Leader
"Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings" UNDP-GEF Project
Tel.: (+374 10) 583920 (21)
Email: vahram.jalalyan@undp.org

Marianna Arzangulyan
Expert Team Assistant
Tel.: (+374 10) 583920 (18) 
Email: marianna.arzangulyan@undp.org

National Experts  

Arsen Karapetyan
National Expert on Building Codes

 

Apres Nazaryan
National Expert on Architecture and Construction
(Construction Supervision)
Tigran Sekoyan
National Expert on quality assurance and quality control of construction and insulation materials 
Artur Tsughunyan
National Expert on Energy Audit
Nazineh-Khalafyan Nazineh Khalafyan
National Expert on Public Relations
Tel.: (+374 10) 583932 (13) 
Email: nazineh.khalafyan@nature.am
Alen-Amirkhanian Alen Amirkhanian
Expert on Development of Training Modules on Integrated Building Design and Energy Efficient Building Design
Anna Karamyan
National Expert on development of an testing equipment application manual
Samvel Yedigaryan
National Expert on legislation revision and legal issues
Zaven Khudaverdyan
National Expert on Architecture and Construction
Khachik Sahakyan
National Expert on capacity assessment of testing and certification laboratories

Garik Arabyan
Data-base and data-mart of insulation construction materials

Ani Rafyan
National Expert on Curricula Development

Anna Dira
National Expert on Public Relations

Naira-Papyan

Naira Papyan
National Expert on Public Relations

International Experts

Mark Chao
International Expert on Energy Efficient Building Codes

 

Lisa Surprenant
International Expert on Building Design
 


Kirsten Maquire

International Expert on International Expert on Development and delivery of comprehensive
training program on Energy Efficient Building Design and Integrated Building Design Approach

 Legro-Susan

Susan Legro
International Consultant on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  Nina Umniakova
International Expert on elaboration of technical regulations and building codes on energy efficiency
and thermal protection of buildings 
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)
  Alexander Spiridonov
International Expert on certification and testing of construction materials energy performance
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

Igor Bessonov
International Expert on certification and testing of construction materials energy performance
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

 

Valeri Anzhelov
International Expert on Acoustics
Head of Sector
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

 Gagarin

Vladimir Gagarin
Head of Building Thermal Physics Laboratory
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

 Lobanov

Vladimir Lobanov
Deputy Head of Thermal Physics and Acoustic Testing
Research Institute of Building Physics (Russia)

Partners and Subcontractors

 

Yerevan city Municipality

Energy Efficient Reconstruction of a Residential Building 

YSUAC-logo

National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia Foundation

Incorporating energy efficiency topics into the curricula

Polytechnik-logo

State Engineering University of Armenia (Polytechnic)

 

American University of Armenia

Trainings on Energy Efficiency 

"Architon" LLC
Director: L.Ghalumyan

Design of Energy Saving Residential Demonstration Building

Replicable (typical) design of energy efficient individual residential house

 

“Ayr-Design” LLC
Director: Mr. Zohrab Bauer

“Menhir” LLC
Director: Mr. Raffi Tashjian

Replicable (typical) design of energy efficient individual residential house

"Shincertificate" LLC
Director: A.Vardanyan

Elaboration/Revision of Energy Efficient Building Codes/Standards

Partner Testing Laboratory and Certification Body

 

“Ukrshin” LLC
Director: K.Parsamyan

“P.Abajyan” LLC
Director: P.Abajyan

Partner Testing Laboratory

 

"Third Nature" NGO 
Director: R.Mkhitaryan

Social survey on ES/EE issues in "Mush-2" residential area in Gyumri city

“Development Solutions Institute” Foundation
Director:   A.Karapetyan

“Glendale Hills” CJSC
Director: V.Almoyan

"Fast Track Construction" CJSC
Director: A.Pashinyan

Construction of EE residential social building in Akhuryan community 

 

Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, Office for the South Caucasus - Branch Office Armenia
Project Officer: V.Hovhannisyan  

Co-financing of construction of EE residential social building in Goris town

 

"Harsnadzor" LLC
Director: V.Mirzoyan

Construction of EE residential social building in Goris town

Research Institute of Building Physics 
of Russian Academy of Architecture and Buildings Sciences
Director: I.Shubin
 

“Al Hamra Real Estate” LLC
Director: H.Byuzandyan

No-cost expansion of energy efficient approaches application

 

“AE Consulting” LLC
Director: A.Rafyan

Technical solutions catalog for building envelope insulation