Promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Uzbekistan

Project Goal

Children attend the opening ceremony of their newly-refurbished energy efficient schoolUNDP in Uzbekistan: Energy efficient schools and hospitals are not only friendly to the environment, but also provide comfortable conditions for the people who use them

The ‘Promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Uzbekistan’ project, jointly implemented by UNDP, the Global Environment Facility and the State Committee for Architecture and Construction of the Republic of Uzbekistan, is working to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

With Uzbekistan's growing demand for public services and a national programme to renovate outdated public buildings, UNDP has identified now as the ideal time to promote the use of energy-efficient architectural practices in the country of the Central Asian region. UNDP is working with international and national partners to promote the construction of 'green' buildings, and to reduce carbon emissions.

Most of Uzbekistan's public infrastructure was built during the epoch when approaches to standardised and energy inefficient building construction prevailed. As a result, such buildings account for half of Uzbekistan's annual energy consumption, and are in urgent need of reconstruction. This situation is compounded by Uzbekistan's population growth, and the pressure that this places on education and health services.

To encourage the utilisation of construction practices which use energy efficient designs and building methods, the government of Uzbekistan has begun a program for renovating and reconstructing public buildings. It is expected that 10.8 million m2 of new and reconstructed space will be delivered by 2015 within the sectors of public education and health, and this effort has been supported and furthered by the ‘Promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Uzbekistan’ project.


Our Results


  • Revised ten core building codes to include energy efficiency standards, which were subsequently adopted by the Government of Uzbekistan;
  • Trained more than 640 national experts, representing 9 national agencies and both central and regional design organisations, in the application of newly-adopted energy-efficient building codes;
  • Trained 32 masters students, 400 bachelor students and 260 construction specialists in energy efficiency practices;
  • Carried out energy audits of four rural schools and two rural clinics in four regions;
  • Piloted eight energy-efficient demonstration buildings, including two newly-constructed rural schools, two retrofitted rural clinics and four schools;
  • Launched a website focusing on various aspects of building design, construction, maintenance and operation, visited by more than 25,000 visitors from 25 countries;
  • Broadcasted 3 social films, widely presented through television, online mediums and at exhibitions, and established 50 street billboards in Tashkent, in order to raise public awareness regarding energy efficiency in buildings. 

Expected Results

  • At least a 25 per cent reduction of energy consumed in buildings will be achieved, through the enforcement of energy-efficient building codes and the application of Integrated Building Design principles;
  • Energy performance certificates, or ‘energy passports’, will be introduced for buildings;
  • Energy performance, energy savings, financial savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions in demonstration buildings will be monitored and documented. Existing standard designs of rural houses will be revised, and at least one new 'green' rural house design will be developed based on the principles of the integrated building design approach;
  • Guidance manuals that will enable the practical application of energy-efficient building codes among building design and construction practitioners, will be published and disseminated.


Total Budget: USD 13,638,532,60
GEF: USD 2,913,885
UNDP: USD 724,647,60

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