Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings

What we do

 External insulation of residential building in Avan district of Yerevan city: photo and thermographic image of retrofitted building and its nearby not retrofitted ones; heat losses growth marked by brighter colors

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 “Cascade Hills” residential complex

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. According to monitoring findings, energy performance of the buildings was improved by around 35 percent. Besides, living area in the residential complex increased by more than 900m2 ensuring additional income exceeding 1.5 million USD for the developer – an achievement valuable for investors.  

UNDP in Armenia and Armenian Missionary Association of America, Inc. (AMAA), cooperation is ongoing per the design and construction of a first-in-the-region LEED certified (USA green building standard) school in Malatia-Sebastia district of Yerevan. According to estimates, application of energy saving and environmentally clean technologies will reduce energy consumption in the building by 30 percent.

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.

The “Set of measures for legal and institutional improvements required for strengthening and development of energy efficiency approaches in urban development sector”, as developed by the Project’s experts, is in the hard pipeline with its provisions to be selectively included into a number of upcoming legislative amendments. These include Draft RA Law “On making an amendment and an addition into the RA law “On energy efficiency and renewable energy”, Draft RA Law “On making an addition into the RA law “On urban development”, and draft RA law “On developing the smaller center of Yerevan”.

National standard AST 362-2013 “Energy efficiency. Building energy passport. Main provisions. Typical forms” registered by the National Institute of Standards (SARM) in late 2013 (registration ID: AST 362-2013), was enacted on January 1, 2014.

Harmonization of EU building energy performance directive (EPBD) and supporting six standards was performed, circulated among specialized organizations and experts for comments and recommendations, further amended accordingly. Standards were then approved by the order N40-V of September 17, 2014, of National Institute of Standards CJSC of the RA Ministry of Economy and enacted on November 1, 2014.

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

December 2014  $ 480,000.00 

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