Arch. Kalinov, work on the National Program for Energy Efficiency of Multi-family Residential Buildings has begun. How will the Construction Control Directorate at Sofia Municipality facilitate the process?
The initiative is like a white swallow. I did not think that such scheme is likely to happen in our country. The government took a step in the right direction by providing BGN 1 billion grant for energy efficiency of part of the multi-family residential buildings. In Sofia Municipality we examined very seriously the program and its methodology. We made arrangements to assist the process. We expect the actual construction to begin.
The program allows renovation of buildings with over 36 apartments, whose owners in recent years have not found funds to maintain them. Panel apartment blocks are the most popular buildings built during socialism, and citizens unfortunately have no money to renovate them. To participate in the program, the first step is the building to be permissible, i.e. to be industrially built – prefabricated commercial buildings, lift-slabs buildings and large-area-formwork buildings. Full energy and constructive audit will be made. Even here people will start to benefit from the program because many of the blocks have no technical passports and these will be drawn up. We talk about saving financial resources because for a “personal” document of a building is paid between BGN 3 and 5 per square meter. Anyone can roughly make an account how much will cost him for an apartment. We should not forget that the terms for the compilation of passports of the buildings from first to third category are by 31 December 2015, those of the fourth category – by end-2017, and for the fifth – by end-2019. These documents should be ready by the corresponding dates, otherwise there will be sanctions.
Will the buildings in Sofia be fulfilled by engineering?
No, we have decided the national program in Sofia to run by a heavier procedure. The goal is it to be open and transparent to the maximum. Where we think there may be a competition, we have announced it. A public tender for selection of designers is opened. It is for 15 teams that should start work. We have left an option if getting more applications and an opportunity the program to cover the funding, we will make a new study and will announce a tender for more companies.