Energy renovation of multi-residential buildings

The energy renovation of multi-residential buildings is co-financed by grants from the European Regional Development Fund. Public calls are published by the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets

Under the call published in 2016, 584 contracts on the energy renovation of buildings were signed. The total amount of renovation projects exceeds HRK 1 billion, with more than HRK 554 million consisting of grants from the European Regional Development Fund.
The contracted projects include residents in more than 16,000 households, and the works were completed on more than 500 buildings.

Overview of signed contracts with brief project description

Due to the great interest for energy renovation. additional funds were secured and a new public call (hereinafter: the Public Call) is being prepared, which will support energy renovation measures and result in reduced energy consumption for heating/cooling at an annual level of at least 50% compared to the annual consumption before the implementation of such measures, and to the use of renewable energy sources (RES). 
A multi-residential building means a building in which more than 66% of its total useful floor area is used for residential purposes, which has three (3) or more residential units, it is managed by the building manager, represents a single architectural unit and not more than 25% of its aboveground (gross) building area is unheated.

The Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets acts as the Level 1 Intermediate Body responsible for preparing and publishing the Public Call, the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, as the Level 2 Intermediate Body, is responsible for implementing the grant award procedure and supervising the implementation of elected projects, and eligible applicants under this Public Call for energy renovation of multi-residential buildings may be the representative appointed by the building’s co-owners and the building manager, both on behalf of and for the account of co-owners of a multi-residential building. When preparing project proposals, prospective applicants may request expert support from the Fund, i.e. its Energy Efficiency Sector.

The available funds from the European Regional Development Fund allocated for grants under this Public Call amount to HRK 152 million, with a possibility to increase the allocation, and they will be awarded in an open award procedure in the form of a continuous Public Call. More specifically, the implementation of energy renovation measures, which include the use of renewable energy sources (RES) and horizontal measures for ensuring accessibility to persons with disabilities and reduced mobility, as well as the services of building and design surveillance or of an occupational safety coordinator, shall be co-financed by grants from the European Regional Development Fund at a rate of 60%, while the measures related to energy audits and energy certificates, both before and after renovation, development of the main energy renovation design, project management and administration, and project promotion and visibility, shall be co-financed at a rate of 85%.

The submission of project proposals shall begin 45 calendar days from the date of publishing the Public Call, and shall expire on the date of approving the last project proposals that complies with all the criteria, thus using the last remaining available funds.