Central regions | Real estate | Technology & innovation
With new houses, regions expect 40% heat saving
21 Dec '11
In early 2012 another set of new energy-efficient houses will be commissioned in some Russian regions, news agency Amitel reports.
It is a reported extension of a pilot project started in 2010 and funded by Russia’s Utilities Development Fund. Ten such houses have already been completed over the time, the source says.
Using enhanced heat insulation of walls and garret and ground floors reportedly enables a 10% reduction of heat losses compared to conventional houses. Fitting the buildings out with double argon-coated windows helps save another 30% of heat.
In addition, the ‘smart’ house is equipped with heat-carrying fluid temperature control sensitive to ambient temperatures. Heat-carrying fluid parameters are remotely controlled from an electronic control unit.
On top of that, the new houses are said to be equipped with movement and illumination sensors. All commonly used lighting fixtures in corridors and at staircases reportedly have LED lamps.
Modern technologies help people save on utilities bills while enabling management companies to cut building maintenance costs. According to the source, energy consumption in such houses is even below European norms.
The regions that have such energy-efficient houses include Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Stavropol, Altai, Kemerovo, Belgorod, Kaluga, Rostov-on-Don and Orenburg. One of the houses has been reportedly built on permafrost.
The four new houses to be commissioned soon are in the Irkutsk, Tomsk, Yaroslavl and Kostroma regions.
The pilot project will be extended into 2012, the source says; a total of 51 houses are to be built in Russia’s 35 regions.