Better indoor comfort for 143 children and employees in Bjelave Kids' House are now ensured with the implementation of energy efficiency measures

Dec 1, 2017

On the occasion of the completion of works on improving the energy efficiency of the "Home for Children without Parental Care" Bjelave a ceremony was held in Sarajevo. The energy efficiency measures provided better indoor comfort for 143 children and employees.

Energy efficiency measures were implemented within the project "Green Economic Development", and included the installation of thermal façade, replacement of exterior joinery, renovation and thermal insulation of the roof, installation of the new boiler house and condensation boilers, thus permanently solving the heating system. Works worth BAM 379,796 were realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and Environmental Protection of Canton Sarajevo, the Government of Sweden, the Environmental Fund of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) who implemented the project.

Saudin Đurđević, Director of the "Home for Children without Parental Care", pointed out, "This is the biggest investment in infrastructure of this facility since its construction. Performed works have multiple significance - the conditions of accommodation and upbringing of children have been improved, the long-term problem of efficient heating has been resolved, energy consumption has been reduced as well as emissions of pollutants into the air."
With the realization of these works on this building it is expected to achieve annual financial savings of around BAM 64,000, as well as a reduction of CO2 emissions of 132 tons per year.
Energy efficiency is very important for both economic and environmental reasons, emphasized H.E. Anders Hagelberg, Ambassador of the Embassy of Sweden in BiH, and added: "We have a lot of bilateral donors that will put an even greater emphasis on the activities related to addressing the problem of air pollution. The level of pollution here during the winter is shocking and affects a large number of people, and according to statistics, the impact of pollution is deadly."
The UNDP emphasized that BiH has a large number of buildings that are old and energy inefficient, and energy investments bring a lot of benefits, above all in terms of reducing the carbon footprint coming from old buildings. So far, 16 public institutions have been renovated through this project in the Canton of Sarajevo and conditions improved for 35,000 beneficiaries.
"Energy efficiency reduces fuel consumption and eliminates the threat to human health and improves the lives of people living in buildings. We are particularly pleased that children in the "Home for Children without Parental Care" will have better living conditions and that savings can be used to invest in other things that they need," said H.E. Sezin Sinanoglu, Resident Representative of UNDP BiH.
The Minister of Spatial Planning, Construction and Environmental Protection of Canton Sarajevo, Čedomir Lukić, said that they have opted for the realization of projects of this kind which, above all, include facilities used by the youngest categories of population.
"This Home is one of the buildings where children, our successors, spend their time, and they will certainly take into account all the living conditions in this area in future. The savings that the Home in Bjelave can now make can be invested in better and higher quality education of children living here," the Minister concluded.
The project "Green Economic Development" aims to create favorable conditions for investments in energy efficiency projects, increase the number of green jobs, and contribute to environmental protection and economic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the end of the ceremony there was a tour of the facility, performance of the children of Bjelave House and a lecture by the professor Atom about smart energy use.

The "Green Economic Development Project" is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with the financial support of the Government of Sweden, the Environmental Fund of  Federation of BiH and the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, entity ministries of spatial planning, cantonal ministries, and other partners.

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