Obstacles to development of building

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