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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Macedonia 2018
The ongoing Energy Efficient Homes for Low-Income Households program in Macedonia addresses the energy efficiency of the low-income housing sector through a set of separate projects and activities that help households living in multi-family apartment buildings to reduce their vulnerability to energy price increase while reducing the causes and impact of climate change.
More than 57% of the Macedonian population lives in urban areas, with more than 79% of them are living in multi-family apartment buildings. At the time of the initiation of the up to 82% of the entire housing stock in the country was created before 1991, most of which was built during the mass-urbanization period (1946-1989), characterized with heavily subsidized energy prices and usage of low-cost, poor quality construction technology, and limited attention to its energy features.
The solution is to develop and test market-based models for energy efficient reconstruction of apartment buildings, including financing models that combine loan capital provided by Habitat Macedonia’s revolving loan fund, thereby decreasing energy consumption and costs for at least 20%. Furthermore, the organization is improving the management of multi-family apartment buildings in Macedonia, including the establishment of a resource center.
At the time of its initiation, there were no group-lending loan products offered to homeowner associations within the financial sector in Macedonia, making the investment in buildings common areas virtually impossible. The program established the first such product, as it was a pre-requisite to improving the energy efficiency in multi-family apartment buildings. This paved the way for lending to homeowner associations based on consent and commitment of the homeowners, without strong collateral being provided.