The project objective is to provide Uzbekistan’s rural population with improved, affordable and environmentally friendly living conditions. The project seeks to transform the rapidly growing rural housing sector in Uzbekistan towards a more sustainable and low-carbon development pathway by designing, piloting and scaling-up a green mortgage market mechanism, which will boost the demand for low-carbon housing among the Uzbek rural population.
The project consists of four inter-linked components. They relate to introducing a green mortgage scheme for rural housing (Outcome 1), strengthening domestic supply chain and the capacity to design and construct energy efficient (EE) and low-carbon housing (Outcome 2), strengthening policies and regulations, particularly building codes for rural housing and rural settlements (Outcome 3), and raising public awareness about benefits and advantages of EE and low-carbon housing (Outcome 4).
Component 1: Green mortgage market mechanism to scale-up demand for low-carbon housing
- Development and enactment of Green mortgage scheme that will provide incentives to homebuyers to invest in houses that feature EE, low-carbon design and technologies;
- Capacity building of financial institutions to design and operate dedicated financial products for low-carbon housing.
Component 2: Efficient designs and domestic supply chains for low-carbon housing and settlements
- Develop, finalize and demonstrate EE and low-carbon housing designs, and a low-cost Nearly-Zero Energy house;
- Strengthen domestic supply chain and capacities for design and construction of low-carbon housing.
Component 3: Policy and regulatory reform to enable the scale-up of low-carbon housing and settlements
- Development of new and revision of existing building codes to enable scaled-up construction of EE / low-carbon housing and settlements;
- Capacity building of Gosarchitectstroy and its territorial divisions to appraise standard EE/low-carbon home designs under the green mortgage scheme and ensure compliance with new building codes and the minimum energy performance standards in them;
- Improve territorial planning to maximize efficient resource use and incorporate local climate considerations.
Component 4: Marketing and promotion of low-carbon rural housing and settlements
- Provide awareness-raising and outreach to homebuyers and other residential energy consumers in pilot project regions;
- Develop and deliver trainings to selected regional and district governments and other sub-national organizations in mainstreaming climate change in planning, decision-making, and budgeting;
- Develop and disseminate the project results, findings at national, regional and international levels.