Agnieszka Kalinowska – Sołtys from APA Wojciechowski in Go4Energy debate

In your opin­ion, how could ener­gy-sav­ing build­ing be com­bined with eco­nom­ic grounds and how to over­come obsta­cles faced by devel­op­ers?


An ener­gy-sav­ing build­ing does not have to be tan­ta­mount to a more expen­sive build­ing. It is very impor­tant to select appro­pri­ate strate­gies and tech­nolo­gies for a spe­cif­ic project. Cer­tain solu­tions that per­form well in one loca­tion may not work at all at anoth­er place.


Devel­op­ers who plan to con­struct res­i­den­tial build­ings are fac­ing many obsta­cles, includ­ing the ones relat­ed to a decreased trust of the cus­tomer, the future own­er of the flat, as com­pared to the atti­tude of a cus­tomer who is plan­ning to buy or rent office or com­mer­cial space. Devel­op­ers who sell flats “promise” may things the per­son in the street just can­not ver­i­fy. That is why the promise of a more ener­gy-sav­ing flat and low­er ener­gy bills seems lit­tle cred­i­ble. To over­come the obsta­cle of lack of trust and lack of reli­able exper­tise of the buy­ers, we need edu­ca­tion.


Anoth­er impor­tant fac­tor in over­com­ing obsta­cles in devel­op­ment of ener­gy-sav­ing build­ing con­sists in rea­son­able reg­u­la­tions which impose high­er stan­dards, or sub­si­dies and grants which may actu­al­ly encour­age to buy ener­gy-sav­ing flats, offices or hous­es.


What solu­tions does the con­struc­tion sec­tor need and what Pol­ish gov­ern­ment and the devel­op­ers can do about it?


The con­struc­tion sec­tor needs a stim­u­lus, an impulse, some­thing that will make invest­ments in ener­gy-sav­ing build­ings prof­itable. I think tax exemp­tions, tax deduc­tions for those who invest in such solu­tions would be a good solu­tion. It is a mod­el which works very well in many coun­tries.


What will be the con­se­quences of the direc­tives of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and the Coun­cil and how to adapt our coun­try to EU ener­gy effi­cien­cy pol­i­cy?


Unfor­tu­nate­ly, in Poland the process of adapt­ing local reg­u­la­tions to EU require­ments is quite slow, which may in con­se­quence lead to Poland loos­ing many oppor­tu­ni­ties, and what is even worse, we may be at risk of being penal­ized for fail­ing to imple­ment the reg­u­la­tions with­in the time lim­its set by the EU.


What awaits the con­struc­tion sec­tor with rela­tion to the upcom­ing changes and what will the con­struc­tion ser­vices sec­tor look like after 2020?


The con­struc­tion sec­tor will face many changes after 2020, stricter reg­u­la­tions will impose the appli­ca­tion of more advanced solu­tions, bet­ter mate­ri­als and improved stan­dards.


I think that if EU require­ments in this scope are suc­cess­ful­ly imple­ment­ed by that time, then the pub­lic build­ing sec­tor will become clear­ly divid­ed into build­ings built before 2020 and ones built after that date.


The sit­u­a­tion will be sim­i­lar with com­mer­cial build­ings, although in this sec­tor, the process of changes and improve­ment of stan­dards has already start­ed.


Agniesz­ka Kali­nows­ka – Soł­tys is a direc­tor at APA Woj­ciechows­ki Architek­ci
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