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Zelensky signed the law on simplifying home insulation: what will change

Katerina Belousova

The law simplifies the decision-making procedure of condominiums under martial law

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, signed the Law about amendments to certain laws of Ukraine on creating conditions for the introduction of complex thermal modernization of buildings (draft law No. 6485).

The law, among other things, creates conditions for the Energy Efficiency Fund to implement a program to restore residential buildings damaged as a result of military operations, reports Energy Efficiency Fund.

The law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the second reading and as a whole on July 9, 2022.

The document amends the Law of Ukraine "On the Energy Efficiency Fund", creates new and improves existing mechanisms for ensuring the energy efficiency of buildings, and also significantly simplifies the process of energy modernization of buildings under the Energodim Program.

"We thank you for the support of this Law, which contains all the proposals of the Fund, prepared in accordance with the established procedure, taking into account the challenges of martial law. The adoption of this Law is an extremely important step in the direction of Ukraine's energy independence and an important component of the implementation of the national recovery plan of Ukraine," noted the head of the Energy Efficiency Fund Yehor Farenyuk.

The material noted that, given the challenges of martial law, there is a need to support co-owners of apartment buildings that were damaged as a result of military operations.

Key changes:

  • the possibility of paying grants within the framework of the Energodim program in advance, and not just reimbursement after the fact;
  • the possibility of verification of projects after their completion or after the completion of their individual stages;
  • avoidance by the Fund of duplicating the functions of other bodies or participants in the construction process, determined by the regulatory and technical regulation in construction;
  • the possibility of granting grants for the performance of other works (services) related to the implementation of energy efficiency measures;
  • simplification of the decision-making procedure of condominiums under martial law;
  • expansion of the Fund's sphere of activity, in particular for the possibility of participation in the process of restoration of the housing stock destroyed and damaged as a result of military actions.

The Fund is also developing a new grant program, which provides an opportunity for condominiums to receive financial support for carrying out priority repair work in damaged buildings. In particular, the Foundation intends to provide the participants of this program with a grant on a free and non-refundable basis in the amount of 100% of the cost of materials and works.

Currently, the program is coordinated with international partners. However, for its launch, it is necessary to update a number of international agreements (EE4U and EE4UII) and make relevant decisions at the level of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - the European Union.

"We hope for understanding and support and we believe that we will be able to launch the "Recovery" program in a timely manner, which will be a significant support for co-owners of apartment buildings," the article says.

Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that on July 9 Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No. 6485 regarding the insulation of buildings.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, 578 ESCO contracts were concluded in Ukraine during the first half of 2022 for a total amount of over 1.34 billion hryvnias for increasing the energy efficiency of the budget institutions

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