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1. meeting of Malopolska Cooperation Forum, 08.05.2024

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On May 8, 2024, SPCleantech, as the operator of OSS krk HubRenowacji organized the first stationary meeting of participants of the Małopolska Cooperation Forum for house owners and managers of multi-apartment buildings and other entities participating in the process of thermal modernization of buildings.

At the beginning of the meeting, the organizers presented the assumptions and objectives of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), also known as the “Buildings Directive“, the Long-term Building Renovation Strategy (Building Renovation Plan), and the mandatory instruments introduced under the new directive such as Building renovation passport, Energy classes of buildings or the concept of One-Stop Shop.

Later in the meeting, the assumptions of the first One-Stop Shop initiative in Poland were presented – a comprehensive support point for the OSS krk HubRenowacji houses, multi-apartment buildings and the Małopolska Cooperation Forum established as part of the EU project Interreg Baltic Sea Region, RenoWave.

The Forum is a grassroots initiative aimed at supporting owners and managers of multi-family buildings in the process of thermal modernization and renovation of buildings. The forum is also a platform where representatives of various companies, institutions, organizations and local governments can cooperate, exchange experiences, and discuss best practices related to thermal modernization and renovation of buildings.

The aim of the forum is to increase the effectiveness of activities related to improving the energy efficiency of buildings, reducing CO2 emissions, improving the living conditions of residents and reducing building operating costs.

Cooperation between various entities contributes to better use of available financial resources, better coordination of activities and increased awareness among building owners and managers about the benefits of thermal modernization and renovation.

Later in the meeting, Forum participants had the opportunity to comment on the current situation in the field of thermal modernization of buildings and the related barriers.

The president of technical affairs of the largest housing cooperative in Krakow, “Mistrzejowice”, Dariusz Baster, emphasized the enormous amount of work carried out by the cooperative in connection with the insulation and renovation of buildings in recent years.

The cooperative manages and administers 92 residential buildings with a total area of 255,962.70 m2, service premises (7 commercial pavilions and 2 free-standing kiosks) with a total area of 12,462.02 m2, 24 art studios with a total area of 742.50 m2 and 129 garages with a total area of 2,426.30 m2, located in the “Tysiąclecia” and “Złotego Wieku” housing estates.

The Cooperative’s resources are currently inhabited by over 13,000 people. inhabitants, and its areas cover a total area of 45.03 ha, including 24.98 ha of green areas.

Particularly disturbing for many cooperatives, according to the President, is the fact that buildings in which various types of modernization were carried out 20 years ago now require repeated thermal modernization and replacement of ineffective heat sources with new ones.

The president also emphasized the need for huge financial resources, which the cooperative does not have, and therefore the need for financial support from the government using national and EU funds in the form of subsidies, grants or low-interest loans.

Katarzyna Zapał, Director of the Municipal Buildings Management Board (ZBK) in Krakow, listed examples of deep thermal modernization of municipal buildings as part of various types of EU projects, during which the commune gains extensive knowledge about new methods and technologies.

Due to limited financial possibilities and limited access to alternative premises during deep thermal modernization, municipalities focus on phased thermal modernization spread over longer periods of time.

When modernizing municipal buildings, communes always precede them with energy audits.

In the Kraków commune, among others, thermal modernization of 16 social welfare homes. The main goal of the project was to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in buildings belonging to the Municipality of Krakow, where social assistance and foster care tasks are carried out.

Kraków also participates in the NEEST – NetZero Emission and Environmentally Sustainable Territories pilot project implemented as part of the Mission of 100 Climate Neutral Cities and Smart Cities by 2030.

The task of the NEEST project is to create ready-to-copy guidelines for the thermal modernization of various types of urban quarters (building areas, housing estates, districts). The planned deep thermal modernization of residential, service, public utility and single-family buildings in a given quarter is intended to reduce emissions from these buildings to almost zero.

At the end of the first meeting of the Małopolska Cooperation Forum, the organizers presented the benefits of active participation in the Forum meetings, such as access to knowledge and the possibility of financial support necessary to make informed decisions based on knowledge regarding the thermal modernization of buildings.

The main topic of the next Forum meeting will be Thermal modernization of residential buildings.

Thermal modernization is the best way to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and thus achieve energy savings. It involves introducing changes that will reduce heat losses to a minimum. This can be achieved, among others: by additional insulation of the building and improvement of the heating and hot water installations.

Types of thermal modernization
Thermal modernization of the building step by step

  1. Energy audit of the building
  2. a) assessment of the technical condition of the building
  3. b) identification of priority areas for thermal modernization
  4. Thermal modernization by insulating the building
  5. Modernization of the heating system and heat distribution system
  6. Innovative solutions – renewable energy sources
  7. a) photovoltaic systems
  8. b) heat pumps

This meeting, this time in a hybrid form, on-site and webinar, will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 10.00. Information about the meeting will be delivered by e-mail.

We invite all interested parties to participate on-site at the headquarters of OSS krk HubRenowacji, NordicHouse, Studencka 15/2a in Krakow or take part in the webinar.