Lviv Polytechnic is implementing a multimillion-dollar energy efficiency project

Фото із зустрічі у Львівській політехніці

With the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and a grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), which is provided to Ukraine in the field of Energy Efficiency under a special agreement, Lviv Polytechnic is implementing the Higher Education in Ukraine project.

The project envisages increasing the energy efficiency of university buildings, reducing their operating costs, improving the quality of educational, academic, research and residential premises. In total, this opportunity is provided to six universities of Ukraine, including Lviv Polytechnic. Estimated funding: from the EIB – 49 million euros and E5P – 10 million euros.

– This is a long-term project. It is gratifying that we have already moved on to one of its most important and expensive stages – design and author’s supervision. It will be performed by the German company GOPA Infra, which won an international tender organized by the Ministry of Education and Science, and with which Lviv Polytechnic signed an agreement. This is actually the finish line, then – the examination and execution of the works themselves. At the end of the summer of 2022, we plan to begin large-scale repair and construction work at 22 Polytechnic facilities. Insulation of facades, attics, replacement of windows and doors, as well as renovation of ventilation, heating systems and electrical networks, – said Volodymyr Kraiovskyi, Vice-Rector for Training and Production, Lviv Polytechnic National University.

The amount of work is very large, so, as the head of the project team from the German company GOPA Infra Svitlana Yarosh emphasized, the most important thing is to organize the work correctly.

– First of all, I would like to express my admiration for the constructive work and gratitude to Lviv Polytechnic for the prompt communication in the collection of initial data. It is very important that the University has all the necessary project documentation, after analyzing which we can proceed to the overhaul. We are working on studying the condition of buildings, their visual inspection. Our team includes designers who specialize in architectural and construction work – this is important given that some buildings are architectural monuments. After that, engineers will study the heating, ventilation, water supply system, and determine the scope of work. The project envisages bringing the university buildings to energy efficient class C, – says Svitlana Yarosh.

In total, the 22 objects envisaged in the project were divided into three groups. To speed up the execution of works, the tender for the first stage of construction works is planned to be announced after the examination of the first group of objects. That is, while for some buildings the documents are still being processed, others will be repaired.

By the end of December, they plan to develop a draft version of the working project. In it, the academic building No. 3, which was planned in the first turn, will be moved to the second, as it provides a different procedure of capital repairs and restoration as an architectural monument.

– Today we have already completed architectural and construction solutions and are forming detailed tasks for design. Our engineers will offer separate technical solutions. We will also form a price offer and lay down a specification that will be included in the estimate documentation. All developments will be approved by the customer and analyzed by the bank. In addition, we will provide expertise and proper support, – added the head of the project team from the German company GOPA Infra.

According to experts, the difficulty of working on such objects as Lviv Polytechnic is that some of the objects are historical monuments. It was also affected by the lack of funds for proper restoration for decades, and that higher education institutions tried to preserve these facilities on their own. So today we need to restore these buildings in accordance with archival documentation.

– We have already calculated the energy modernization of external structures, which will provide actually 50% energy savings. We also work on an individual heating point and heating system, ventilation and electricity. We will evaluate the necessary fragmentary work, because in many premises the university has already carried out some work on its own, in particular by changing the heating system. We will work out a work plan to keep it all. It should be emphasized that this tender stipulates that everything included in the project and approved by the examination must be completed 100%, – said Svitlana Yarosh.