Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings Final Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Armenia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2016
Completion Date:
08/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,642

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Title Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings Final Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 59937
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Armenia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2016
Planned End Date: 12/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.5. Inclusive and sustainable solutions adopted to achieve increased energy efficiency and universal modern energy access (especially off-grid sources of renewable energy)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,642
Source of Funding: UNDP
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Adil Lari lari@acegroup.at
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings Terminal Evaluation
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 59937
PIMS Number: 4245
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: ARMENIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

It is necessary to follow-up the project’s achievements, especially per the success of demonstration efforts, to build upon and strengthen their long-term impact.

2

The energy and GHG monitoring should be continued after project termination through a suitable public entity with staff trained by project GHG experts.

3

The minimum building energy performance requirements set in the new mandatory building code need to be tightened regularly (at least every 5 years).

4

The regulations developed under the project are still largely based on prescriptive measures/minimal efficiency standards. The transition to performance-based codes, such as referring to maximum kWh/m2yr including heating and cooling loads, needs further capacity support and development.

5

Local building sector experts need further contact with international expertise and best practice tools and adequate access to state-of-the-art procedures, methodologies and tools.

6

The pilot projects have demonstrated the interest of local developers and real estate companies in realizing energy efficient buildings. These professionals should be further supported through outreach, information and administrative incentives.

1. Recommendation:

It is necessary to follow-up the project’s achievements, especially per the success of demonstration efforts, to build upon and strengthen their long-term impact.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/28] [Last Updated: 2016/11/30]

Will be performed within the new GCF-UNDP project’s commencement and followed up during its implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will coordinate the ‘hand-over’ with new project team and maintaining relations with stakeholders in order to identify and, as necessary the follow up institutional and legal framework for, enforcement mechanisms of UNDP-GEF project introduced changes.
[Added: 2016/11/28] [Last Updated: 2017/02/06]
UNDP 2016/12 Completed The new project is built upon the flagship pilot in Avan and is aimed at replication and scaling-up of the successful practices leading to higher energy performance. Green Climate Fund approved the project in the amount of USD 20 million on 28 June 2016. Link to the approved project: http://www.greenclimate.fund/documents/20182/226888/GCF_B.13_16_Add.02_-_Funding_proposal_package_for_FP010.pdf/9e2c673e-1eef-4ff3-9609-d23a49c6d190 History
2. Recommendation:

The energy and GHG monitoring should be continued after project termination through a suitable public entity with staff trained by project GHG experts.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/30]

Is performed by available means of UNDP Climate Change Program  as part of the activity ”build domestic MRV system”.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The respective agreements and statements of intent include clauses on UNDP's right to monitor the outcomes of the project’s efforts within up to five years upon the project's closure.
[Added: 2016/11/30]
UNDP No due date Initiated Currently, an energy efficient construction per the delayed pilot in Akhuryan community is monitored using resources of the UNDP Climate Change Program. History
3. Recommendation:

The minimum building energy performance requirements set in the new mandatory building code need to be tightened regularly (at least every 5 years).

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/30]

Will be supported and followed up within the new project’s component of legal framework assistance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Consistent support to development of higher standard legislation and regulations and follow-up of circulation and approval by the respective state authorities.
[Added: 2016/11/30]
Government of Armenia No due date Initiated The national partners are aware of that requirment History
4. Recommendation:

The regulations developed under the project are still largely based on prescriptive measures/minimal efficiency standards. The transition to performance-based codes, such as referring to maximum kWh/m2yr including heating and cooling loads, needs further capacity support and development.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/30]

Will be supported and followed up within the new project’s implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Consistent support to development of higher standard legislation and regulations and follow-up of circulation and approval by the respective state authorities. Linked-in awareness raising campaign will be led.
[Added: 2016/11/30]
UNDP No due date Initiated The project proposal is developed for requesting assistance for involvement of international experts in the framework of Czech Trust Fund History
5. Recommendation:

Local building sector experts need further contact with international expertise and best practice tools and adequate access to state-of-the-art procedures, methodologies and tools.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/30]

Will be performed and followed up within the new project’s implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Professional development tools and institutional improvements will be introduced to the sector actors within the new project’s implementation.
[Added: 2016/11/30]
UNDP No due date Initiated Laboratories established due to the Project’s efforts will be of support to continuous capacity building process. See comment to para 4 History
6. Recommendation:

The pilot projects have demonstrated the interest of local developers and real estate companies in realizing energy efficient buildings. These professionals should be further supported through outreach, information and administrative incentives.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/30]

Will be performed and followed up within the new project’s implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new project envisaged development and application of new financial instruments and incentives for the sector actors to get involved into higher-standard practices and meet the contemporary requirements towards design and construction.
[Added: 2016/11/30]
UNDP No due date Initiated Negotiations are already initiated with National Mortgage Company . Certification process as commenced within the project will be consistently supported.

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