Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings

What we do

External insulation of residential building in Avan district of Yerevan city

The objective of the project is to reverse the existing trends and reduce consumption of electrical and thermal energy and associated greenhouse gas emissions in new, restored and primarily residential buildings in Armenia.

·         Creating an enabling regulatory environment, skills and capacity among industry professionals to introduce the principles of integrated building design approach in Armenian construction practices from the stage of building design through construction to maintenance of the buildings;

·         Developing new energy efficiency (EE) building codes and standards, and stimulating manufacturing and certifying of new EE materials and equipment.

Some results so far

Construction of the three-store social building with a total area of about 950m2 (including 20 apartments and basement) in city of Goris was co-financed by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency and the Government of Armenia. All the EE improvement measures were designed and financed by UNDP. As a result the energy costs for the residents decreased by more than 60 percent at the same time ensuring improved living conditions in the apartments.

In the frames of the Statement of Intent signed between the Yerevan Municipality and UNDP in Armenia, a typical multi-apartment building in Avan district of Yerevan was refurbished to improve its energy efficiency. According to monitoring results, about 58 percent of reduction in energy demand was reached. 

Cooperation continues with “Al Hamra Real Estate Armenia” LLC constructing “Cascade Hills” residential complex in Yerevan city and the energy efficient solutions proposed by UNDP experts are being executed in the construction process.

UNDP in Armenia and Armenian Missionary Association of America, Inc. (AMAA), cooperation is ongoing per the design and construction of a LEED certified (USA green building standard) school in Malatia-Sebastia district of Yerevan.

A laboratory for testing thermal-physical parameters of construction materials was opened in the premises of “Shincertificate” LLC. UNDP assisted in procurement of modern laboratory equipment with the total value of about USD 17,000 while the company co-financed renovation and furnishing of the laboratory. The latter is testing and certifying insulation materials, providing opportunity for the specialists to use reliable, tested and certified materials and prefabricates.

Legislative and regulative amendments were developed and submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development for discussion and approval. In particular, a package for the legal and normative-technical framework improvements related to energy efficiency in building sector, technical regulation “Buildings, structures, construction materials: Safety”, national standard “Energy efficiency. Building energy passport. Main provisions. Typical forms” (approved, registration ID: AST 362-2013), harmonization of EU building energy performance and supporting six standards etc.

Who Finances it?

Donor name

Total Amount


$ 1,045,000.00

Government of Armenia

$ 2,000,000.00

Government of Armenia (in-kind)

$ 200,000.00



Delivery in previous fiscal year

December  2010

 $ 60,514.53

December  2011

 $ 218,562.44

December  2012

 $ 312,542.79

December  2013

 $ 350,050.00

Project start date:
July 2010
Estimated end date:
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Environment & Energy
MDG 7 - Ensuring environmental sustainability
Project Coordinator:
Vahram Jalalyan
RA Ministries of Nature Protection, Urban Development
Project Related Documents
Project Document