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Pilot Cities

The city of Novohrad-Volynskyi is located in Zhytomyrska Oblast in north central Ukraine. Serving as the administrative centre of the Novohrad-Volynskyi Raion (district), the city has a population of approximately 56,000 inhabitants. Novohrad-Volynskyi focuses on the development of refurbishment solutions for its multi-family residential brick buildings. The city has already prepared a municipal development and energy concept.

In nearly all of the city's multi-family buildings, apartment owners have already established owner associations. This is an ideal precondition for comprehensive energy efficient refurbishment as the individual owners have obtained the right to select contractors, to determine the quality of refurbishment and public services and to appoint and control the cost of these services based on mutual agreement among all members of the owner association. Conflicts of interest between individual owners in associations are generally much fewer than in multi-family buildings without any form of organization.

Through the Cooperation, the municipality will develop the concept and implement a pilot project for the refurbishment of a multi-family residential building and improve the expertise and capacity of the city administration. In addition, schools may play an active role in the dissemination of information on energy efficient user behaviour and raise awareness on the municipality's efforts and approaches.

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