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03 Dec

Energy efficiency at Household Buildings

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Buildings and transportation are the most energy-consuming sectors in Greece. Buildings in Greece account for approximately 36% of the total energy consumption, while, during the years 2000-2005, relevant energy consumption increased by approximately 24%, one of the highest increases in Europe.


One of the main reasons why Greek buildings consume so much energy is that they are old and have no built-in state-of-the art technology, due to the lack of relevant legislation over the last 30 years.


Most of these buildings have problems relating to:


  • partial or total lack of heat insulation;
  • outdated technology windows/doors (frames/single glazing);
  • lack of sun protection on southern and western sides;
  • inadequate use of Greece’s high solar potential;
  • inadequate maintenance of heating / air conditioning systems, resulting in poor performance.

Another important factor affecting building’s energy performance is tenant behavior. Users-tenants, who lack information about the rational use and management of energy, often tend to waste energy, e.g. by installing individual air conditioning systems without a relevant study, using low efficiency appliances, not performing maintenance of heating systems, etc.


Within this context, the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA), having completed the legal framework on buildings’ energy efficiency, has developed a set of financial incentives, with co-financing from the European Union, for the implementation of energy efficiency upgrading interventions in residential buildings, via the “Energy Efficiency at Household Buildings” Program.


Approval of applications to the “Energy Efficiency at Household Buildings” Program:


Your home must be located in an area with area value of not more than 2,100 euros per square meter (2.100 € / m²).

Another condition for acceptance is to have a legal building permit. If the homeowner does not own the building permit he/she shall acquire any legal documents, proving that the building exists legally.

Also, your home must be classified in Energy Category lower or equal to D, according to the Energy Performance Certificate (PAA) issued.

Your building must be upgraded by at least one energy class.

Finally, to get your application approved for the “Energy Efficiency at Household Buildings” Program, your building should not be found demolish-able.


Apart from the buildings criteria, there are owners criteria to get your application approved.


Which tasks you can perform through the Program


You can make as many works for energy upgrading your building as you like, in order to save energy and money. In more detail, you can do any of the following tasks you want or all, but have in mind that you cannot invest more than 15.000 €.


Insulation - Protection against the weather. You can do wall insulation (mainly external or internal insulation), roof insulation, tile roof insulation, roof insulation.

Frames - Replacing windows and doors is also an important task for the energy upgrade of your. You can put insulation / thermal break frames with double glazing. At the same time you can replace the entry door of your house, the stairwell doors and shadings (blinds etc.). However, you will not get your application approved if you wish to install doors or windows anew.

Heating & Water Supply Systems - Installing or replacing the heating system and / or boiler. Also you can place automatic control mechanisms such as timers and thermostats, fireplaces and hot water supply systems such as solar panels, pipes, collectors etc. However, air conditioners will not make your house more energy efficient.


So if you plan to do some of these tasks within the savings at home or other building, you may visit myConstructor where you will find the most appropriate professionals. You may register FREE your house by following some simple steps and in less than five minutes you are ready! Soon you will start receiving bids from reliable and cost efficient professionals.



What are the integration steps in saving program at home


Below we summarize the steps that will follow from the beginning of your application to join the savings program at home up to the end of the work.


STEP 1: Go to the bank to check and apply for the “Energy Efficiency at Household Buildings” Program.


STEP 2: Get prior authorization from the bank.


STEP 3: An engineer will issue the Energy Performance Certificate of your building


STEP 4: You collect official written offers of suppliers and if you are approved,  40% of the money will be subsidized to your account.


STEP 5: Begin the energy upgrading works


STEP 6: After you complete the upgrade, an engineer will issue a second Energy Performance Certificate of your building.


STEP 7: If the upgrade is successful, the remaining 60% of the amount will be given to you.




Documents for applications to the “Energy Efficiency at Household Buildings” Program


Identity Card or Passport

Two Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Building Permit building

Single End Real Estate (RTDI) or PPC Account

Interventions Form

Written suppliers’ offers

Solemn Declaration of Law. 1599/1986

The last clearance note Taxation

The last copy of the Declaration of Income Tax (E1)

A copy of the Declaration of Assets Property (E9)

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