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The project Promotion of the use of sustainable and low energy buildings and constructions in Latvia and Estonia (Active through Passive!)


Passive house in Valgapassiivlasteaed-valgas

Financed by: the Estonia - Latvia Programme
Project Duration: February 2010 - August 2011 (18 months)

The overall objective: to help to reduce the use of energy, thus contributing to a larger energy independence of Latvia and Estonia via using sustainable and low energy building principles.

The sub-objectives are to:
1)begin to develop LV-EE network for sustainable and low energy building;
2)raise public awareness about low energy building;
3)increase the capacity of local professionals;
4)develop joint tools for certified planning and implementation of low energy consumption solutions;
5)demonstrate the efficiency of low energy building methods via 3 master solutions and sets of draft drawings.

1) Public Awareness Activities, the expected outputs are:
• a 3D interactive portal.
• preparation of attractive and comprehensive electronic information material with the option to download it as an e-book about low energy consumption buildings (500 copies in LV and 500 in EE printed) for designers, architects and other professionals – distributed in municipalities/house management offices/architectural offices.
• 6 seminars for a wider audience (residents, house managers/owners,
municipal specialists and other interested parties) on various topics of low energy consumption buildings.
• visits of the representatives of the project to international low energy building conferences.
• 6 articles about low energy consumption buildings and green buildings published in professional/other media.
• 2 articles in main national newspapers informing the wider audience about the idea of sustainable building.
• open days at the low energy building kindergarten in Valga, Estonia.
• press releases prepared and sent.
2) raising of professional capacity regarding low energy consumption buildings, the expected outputs are:
• development of a training module on low energy and passive house building for architects and engineers in both Estonia and Latvia,  including elaboration of a mode of  building that is in line with the architectural design and climate conditions commonly shared on both sides of the border
• development of training materials for professionals (architects, engineers) dealing with sustainable and low energy building;
• 6 three-day pilot training courses/workshops for specialists from both partner countries organised in Valga, Estonia.
3) improvement of tools, expected outputs are:
• development of evaluation criteria and guidelines for sustainable and low energy buildings;
• development of a rating system for sustainable and low energy buildings;
• development of procurement criteria for design and construction for sustainable and low energy buildings;
• development of master solutions and draft drawings for three public buildings with low energy use : 1) a competence centre and demonstration object (3000 m2) with Passive House standard for Tartu Technology Park in Tartu; 2) a kindergarten building in Strenči being a prototype kindergarten building common in former Soviet territories; 3) the administrative building of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce of Latvia using the Passive House method;
• equipment for technical design and monitoring purchased.

The total project cost is 341 017 EUR
The subsidy from the Estonia-Latvia Programme is 289 864 EUR
The partners' own contribution is 51 153 EUR


Heritage seminar at Kõpu, Viljandi County, Estonia November 30, 2011

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