Public buildings in Arkhangai aimag obtain energy performance certificates for the first time

2021-10-20 09:01:00

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ "As public building users, we are happy to see the actual energy consumption of the building being able to find out where heat and energy are being lost from the kindergarten building through this certificate, which will guide my way of extending the life of the building and save on running costs," says Bolormaa.В, Director of the kindergarten in Undur-Ulaan soum, which received an energy performance certificate within CEMAATERR-II project. 

Bolormaa.В, Director of the kindergarten in Undur-Ulaan soum

The kindergarten building in Undur-Ulaan soum is one of 57 public buildings in 6 soums of Arkhangai aimag that have received energy performance certificates within the framework of the "CEMAATER-II – Energy efficiency and thermal comfort of educational buildings" project implemented by Geres International NGO in Arkhangai aimag. BEEC LLC[1] [2]  developed the certificate with building energy auditor within the framework of the baseline study of the CEMAATERR-II project based on the need to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings in Arkhangai aimag, especially in soum educational buildings.


Funded by the French Development Agency, the CEMAATERR-II project is being implemented by Geres International NGO, Governor's Office of Arkhangai, Arkhangai Aimag's Construction Union, Future of Sustainable Development NGO, and GIZ’s Energy Efficiency project to improve the learning environment of schools and kindergartens by reducing heat loss in such educational institutions and contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission. The project is a continuation of the CEMAATERR-I project, implemented in Arkhangai aimag in 2017-2019 and contributed to developing a local planning and governance system focused on climate and energy issues, adapted to the specifics of the aimag.

This building energy performance certificate was important to consumers and decision-makers. It included recommendations and guidelines on further increasing the building's energy efficiency and decreasing its heat loss.  A.Altanchimeg, a member of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Arkhangai aimag, emphasizes the importance of the certificates within the energy sector, saying that "The energy performance certificates of public buildings has supported the data collection, and identified the building's real condition in soum level of the Energy Regulatory Commission." 

The certificate not only supports the expansion of the local construction database. The general information on public buildings, the condition of the heating system, the building envelope, electricity, and energy consumption were studied in the selected buildings in Khangai, Undur-Ulaan, Tsetserleg, Tsenkher, Ogiinuur, and Khashaat soums in the certificate issuance process.

Out of the 62 buildings surveyed, five were considered out of use. In comparison, the exterior walls of 8 buildings and roofs of 2 buildings were insulated according to building codes, and the floor and hollow floor foundations were not insulated. However, due to the year of the build, the construction of public buildings in the past does not meet the current Construction Codes and Standards on Building Envelope Thermal Insulation requirements.  Of the 62 buildings, 26 were built before 1990, 8 between 1990 and 2008, and 28 between 2009 and 2020. In addition, 44 out of 57 buildings were in Class E and 13 buildings in Class D in the energy-saving category, indicating the need to implement energy-saving measures in these public buildings.

Energy performance index

As part of the certification process, the Project Team issued recommendations for the buildings, which need to be updated to reduce heat loss according to Construction Codes and Standards on Building Envelope Thermal Insulation, which came into force in January 2021. Also, one of the easiest ways to increase energy savings during the four seasons of the year is to insulate the attic, windows, and doors. In addition, the best way to reduce heat loss in a building is to improve the building insulation envelope. And, to improve the current heating system, it is necessary to determine the heating needs of each building, the capacity of existing boilers and pumps, and choose the right equipment based on their needs to reduce fuel consumption and electricity consumption in the cold season. Finally, it was also mentioned that including energy-efficient appliances in local procurement could increase energy efficiency.


Munkhbat. V, Deputy governor of Arkhangai aimag, summed up the work of issuing energy certificates and said, "57 public buildings in 6 soums of Arkhangai aimag have been certified by the CEMAATERR-II project for the very first time in Mongolia, and it was the right initiative to support the government's Construction codes and rules."


Gankhuyag J., energy auditor and advisor of the project

“As part of the CEMAATERR-II project of Geres Mongolia, “BEEC” LLC performed the public building energy performance certificate in 6 soums of Arkhangai aimag,  the first administrative unit of Mongolia,  within the framework of the Audit Organization's license following the approved norms for building thermal protection in 2020. This is the first time that soum public buildings have been fully issued with the energy performance certificate in the country. By obtaining a building energy certificate, public buildings in the soums will be able to know their heating energy needs and all the necessary information resources to carry out major repairs and energy-saving measures in the future with funding from the state budget and international organizations.” says Gankhuyag J., energy auditor and advisor of the project.


Click here to read more about the energy performance certificates of 57 buildings in 6 soums of Arkhangai aimag and their recommendations.



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