On 16−18 of January, Tartu Regional Energy Agency hosted the partners of two Interreg Europe projects, The Social Green Project and FINERPOL, in Tartu (Estonia). 50 specialists from 13 European countries had several study visits and talks about energy efficient renovation of residential buildings in different countries. The guests were introduced to Estonia’s successful experience with the Kredex financial scheme and its results, plus the initiatives in Tallinn city in relation to municipal housing. The meeting lasted three days, two of them were spent in Tartu, third one in Tallinn.
The joint seminar of Social Green and FINERPOL was opened on 16th of January by deputy mayor of Tartu, Mr. Raimond Tamm who introducced the trends of Tartu city in increasing the energy efficient building (including the municipally owned buildings) and gave a brief overview of international projects that are linked to implementing the smart city concept.
In the core presentation “Financing energy efficiency in multi-apartment buildings in Estonia”, the main focus was on issues related to the financing of apartment buildings and the support offered by Kredex. Mr. Suu, the representative from Kredex, presented the requirements, usage and background of grants for apartment buildings and the story of reshaping the conditions over the years.
During the study visits in Tartu, two dwelling houses were introduced that were recently renovated with the help of Kredex grant. In Tallinn, the guests were presented with the orientations of Tallinn City Government in relation to development of municipal housing. The guests got to know about and visit the newly-built Teachers Home and the Tallinn University of Technology dormitory building that was renovated by using several innovative solutions.
“The energy-efficient renovation of the housing stock is an actual topic throughout Europe and its funding is organized differently from one country to another, while the problems stay quite similar,” says the project manager and energy expert of Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Mr. Neeme Kärbo. “During these three days of being together, we had a great opportunity to discuss this subject in an Europe-wide company, while also introducing our Estonian and very well-functioning Kredex support system along with the local trends in municipal and social housing in two bigger cities of Estonia.”
With the load of new ideas and knowledge from shared experience, the participants could say that the study visits and meetings were a success, despite occasionally unpleasant Estonian winter weather.
Mr. Ryan Weber, the researcher and project specialist of Nordregio, the lead partner of Social Green Project: “The Social Green Project was grateful for the opportunity to hold a seminar and study visit in Estonia. For many of our partners, the success of KredEx provides an excellent overview of a successful financing model for the housing sector. They are working together with other regional and national actors in their country to develop a similar model, which can be used to allocate European funds to the retrofit of public and privately owned housing.”
The visit to Tallinn was televised in Tallinn TV news: http://www.tallinnatv.eu/videos/munitsipaalelamud%20Rene_OIGE.mp4.