By the end of 2023, the Fund will publish on the official website the terms and conditions for the allocation of incentives for the energy renovation of family houses, including those damaged by the earthquake, and the applications will start in Q1 2024. The planned budget is EUR 120 million. The rate of co-financing will amount to up to 60% for energy renovation of houses not damaged by the quake, and up to 80% for the houses that sustained damage in the quake.
In addition, co-financing scheme is being prepared for energy renovation of houses to citizens threatened by energy poverty, where the cost of works on such houses will be fully financed.
2021: Public Call for energy renovation of family houses > 2021 Payment request
Under the 2021 Public Call, the Fund co-financed the energy renovation of the existing family houses that were not damaged in the earthquake, and the measures that comply with the Technical requirements of the Call
- A1 – a comprehensive energy renovations including improvement of the thermal insulation of the building envelope of the conditioned area by implementing at least one of the measures on the building envelope and the installation of the RES system – is co-financed with up to 60%;
- A2 – improving thermal insulation of the building envelope of the conditioned area of the family house – is co-financed with up to 60%;
- A3 – installation of the RES systems – is co-financed with up to 40, 60, or 80%, depending on the location.
Family houses that will be able to get incentives for the energy renovation must have the energy audit certificate and fall in one of the following energy categories (according to the annual thermal energy required for heating, QH,nd):
- D or lower in the continental part of Croatia, or C or lower in coastal Croatia, in the case of implementation of activities A1 or A2,
- C or higher in continental Croatia, or B or higher in coastal Croatia, in the case of implementation of activity A3.
100 million kunas were earmarked for the implementation of the programme in 2022, and up to 80% of co-financing will be available for the energy renovation of family houses damaged by the earthquake, after the implementation of structural renovation and/or after repairs of non-structural elements, or parallel to them.
Why should you renovate your family house?
Family houses comprise 65% of the dwelling stock in Croatia, accounting for 40% of the total energy consumption at national level. The majority of family houses in Croatia were built before 1987 and they have almost none or minimum thermal insulation (energy class E and below). Such houses consume 70% of energy for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water, and energy efficiency measures can significantly reduce their consumption, in some cases as much as up to 60% compared to the current one.
The Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, and the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, adopted on 27 March 2014 the Programme of energy renovation of family houses, which is implemented by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund. The goal of the Programme is to increase energy efficiency of the existing houses, to reduce energy consumption and emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere, and to reduce the monthly costs for the energy generating products, with the overall improvement of the quality of living. At the same time, the planning of such interventions implies the engagement of the local companies and experts, meaning it stimulates economic activities.
Amendments to the Programme were first adopted in 2015, and the second amendments were adopted in 2020, after which the Government adopted the Decision on extending the programme in 2021.