Tenders for energy refurbishment of buildings with EU funding will be issued by the end of the year, which will create a potential for investing HRK 4 billion in energy upgrading, a conference on sustainable building and energy efficiency in Croatia said in Zagreb on Wednesday.
The conference was organised by the Austrian Foreign Trade Office and the Croatia Green Building Council.
The assistant minister of construction and spatial planning, Danijel Zamboki, said that Croatia would no longer rely on national funding for energy refurbishment, announcing that tenders for energy refurbishment of multi-dwelling buildings would be issued by the end of the year and would be followed by those for public-sector buildings and family homes. He said that EU funds would be used for that purpose.
Zamboki said that for that purpose Croatia had 311 million euros at its disposal from EU funds, and with beneficiaries' own funds the total amount would exceed 4 billion kuna (533 million euros). He noted that the construction sector had recognised the potential for energy refurbishment and that many of the energy companies had become well established in this field.
Zamboki said that Croatia should be satisfied with the development of sustainable building and energy efficiency because it had transposed all relevant EU directives into its law and accepted European good practice in these areas. He, however, noted that there were still a lot of buildings in the country that required thorough refurbishment.