The EU-funded EU4Energy Governance project is assisting Georgia with the adoption of a new draft law on energy performance in buildings, and in preparing a series of building regulations. The new law will ensure that buildings are more energy efﬁcient and wasted energy is reduced. Citizens will reap the beneﬁts of more energy-efﬁcient homes: lower energy bills, a higher level of comfort, and a healthier home environment.
Under the new law, all buildings will have to meet the following requirements:
- Minimum energy performance requirements will be set for new buildings and building under major renovation, as well as for replacing or retroﬁtting building elements (heating and cooling systems, roofs, walls, etc.).
- Building-owners will need to issue an energy performance certiﬁcate when a building is sold or rented;
- Regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems to ensure energy savings;
The draft Law on Energy Performance in Buildings has been submitted to the Parliament of Georgia and is under deliberation by the Economy Committee. Once it is in effect, Georgia’s building regulations will be in line with the respective EU acquis on energy performance of buildings (Directive 2010/31/EU), and with Georgia’s Energy Community obligations, launching the improvement of the quality of buildings across the country.
* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.