How Building Codes help save energy?

Dec 2, 2016

Ashgabat, 30 November 2016: The United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Fund promote introduction of the energy efficiency in the residential buildings sector of Turkmenistan.

UNDP/GEF project “Improving Energy Efficiency in the Residential Building Sector of Turkmenistan” held a workshop for more than 40 experts of the design and architecture institutes from the five regions of Turkmenistan.

The purpose of the workshop is to familiarize experts with the revisions made to the four building codes and discuss changes made in two of them “Building climatology” and “Building thermal engineering”, which are the most important for increasing building energy efficiency. Three revised codes are approved by the government of Turkmenistan. The code “Building thermal engineering” is currently under the approval.

In addition, participants were trained in the subject of energy certification of the buildings introduced through the revisions and piloted “Energy passport” software developed by the project.

Energy passport is the new concept in Turkmenistan that would allow registering the energy consumption of the building at designing stage and the results of the energy audits of the buildings at maintaining stage for proper management of the energy by communal services throughout the country.

“The energy passport introduced in the revised code “Building thermal engineering” allows monitoring of the energy losses in the buildings. It will allow residents, experts and communal services to see how much energy resources such as heating, cooling, hot water or electricity are lost, and what measures shall be adopted to improve energy efficiency,” noted Arslan Zomov, UNDP project expert.

UNDP/GEF project has revised four building codes of Turkmenistan, adopted by the Government of Turkmenistan, including “Roofs and roofing”, “Heating”, “Building climatology” and “Residential building”. The revised norms now include international standards on energy efficiency relevant to the residential buildings. As part of the project, UNDP/GEF hold workshops to introduce and disseminate the knowledge on the new norms among the experts of the national institutions.

“I work in design and construction since 2009 and I know that there are new norms and standards of energy efficiency which shall be introduced. This type of projects is helpful because they share the knowledge on the newest equipment and standards. For example, today, I have learned what energy bridge is. Considering this knowledge, it would now be possible to conduct measuring of the energy loss more precisely,” adds Allayar Saparov, design and energy expert of the “Turkmenjemagattaslama” (communal services) institute.

UNDP/GEF project continues to revise the construction norms and work on behavior change in Turkmenistan.  According to the estimates of the project experts, introduction of the revised norms will allow saving up to 30% of energy in the existing typical residential buildings, and up to 11% in the new type of buildings in Turkmenistan.


In Turkmenistan, UNDP is supporting the environmentally sustainable use of natural resources contributing to effectiveness of economic processes and better quality of life of the population. In this work, UNDP promotes investment in low-carbon technologies, energy efficiency strategies and use of alternative energy.

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