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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Georgia 2017
The project for the Tbilisi Elders Boarding House is a demonstration of efficient and renewable energy solutions. They improve the living conditions and reduce annual emissions.
In the Tbilisi SEAP the building sector is identified as the second largest emitter of GHGs. The heat sub-sector has been identified as having a very serious potential of GHG emission reduction. The Tbilisi Elders Boarding House is an old building which is why the annual energy expenditures are high. The level of comfort for its inhabitants, especially during winter, is not achieved as the indoor temperature is lower than required by health and safety norms. With the consideration of the age and specific health condition of some residents, safety is another issue of concern as some of electric heaters installed might cause fire. Another problem is hot water supply as the existing gas water heater does not produce enough hot water for the users needs.
As a solution, their plan is to increase efficiency of heating systems and the share of renewable energy in the heating (geothermal, biomass and solar energy) sub-sector. Energy efficiency will increase, and the share of renewable energy in heating will grow. The aims are capturing methane (CH4) from municipal landfills (closed as well as new ones) and waste water treatment plants. Using captured methane as an energy source, increasing energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the outdoor lighting, and developing green spaces throughout the city.
Application of clean energy technologies have resulted in the improvement of living conditions in vulnerable parts of the society (eldery) and reduction of energy costs. The solar water heating system is designed for the Elders Boarding House and works the whole year. They also installed solar collectors. The heating and hot water system works on natural gas. 700 light bulbs were replaced with LED ones. This project offers the people especially in the Tbilisi Elders Boarding House better living conditions. The number of diseases reduced results in the overall improvement of health.
The project demonstrates energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It achieves this through the installation of a solar powered water heating system and upgrading energy efficiency in all areas of the building including the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. Also, awareness activities are an important point. Congratulations on your initiative!