According to the amended EU directive, by 2020 all new buildings should meet the energy-saving requirements. Despite ongoing discussions, Poland has still not developed a definition of zero-energy building which would be a model for developers. This is the last moment to prepare for upcoming changes. What is the opinion of developer companies, which are the most concerned by this issue?
A survey conducted by Cube Research with the participation of 111 representatives of Polish developers shows that more than 55% of respondents believe in optimistic perspectives of energy-saving building growth. On the other hand, 31% of surveyed are pessimistic. The greatest obstacles to growth are insufficient support and promotion of energy-saving solutions by the Polish law and lack of incentives from the government — says Tomasz Augustyniak, President of Go4Energy — Another problem is that when construction of houses and flats is planned, the costs of their later maintenance are not taken into consideration.
The respondents also mentioned the lack of political will to support energy-saving building, high initial capital expenditure related to costly technologies and low availability of subsidies to buildings with very high energy performance. Poland is only making its first steps in energy-saving building. For customers and individual investors, the vision of living in a modern building with a near zero energy consumption and energy independence may be a decisive argument to purchase. Also for the developers, a one-time cost of construction, higher as it is, may translate to greater profits in the future. Currently, Poland is working on the optimum cost rule, which is aimed as a combination of energy-saving technologies with economic rationale.
About the survey:
The survey was carried out by Cube Research using the CAWI interview method (online survey). It was conducted with the participation of developer companies throughout Poland. In total, 111 interviews were carried out. Survey period: June 2013