Energy renovation of non-residential buildings

The definition of commercial buildings is specified by each state respectively, in accordance with their particularities and specific requirements. Commercial non-residential buildings in Croatia are defined as the construction works of mainly commercial and hospitality purposes (more than 50% of the gross floor area intended for the business or service industry activities), including office and trade buildings (stores, wholesalers, shopping centres, retail warehouses), hotels, and other tourist facilities, restaurants, catering facilities, banks, and similar.
In 2010, Croatia had on record 36.5 million m2 of useable floor area in commercial non-residential buildings, which is 5% of the total surface area of all buildings, and it is assumed that they consume somewhat less than 7% of the overall energy consumption.
In August 2014, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Programme of energy renovation of non-residential (commercial) buildings, the goal of which is the renovation of commercial buildings applying energy efficiency measures, in order to achieve energy class B, A, or A+. Under the energy renovation programme economically viable, energy efficient technologies and measures will be applied to the commercial non-residential buildings for the purpose of developing new activities and entrepreneurship, continuous and systematic energy management, strategic planning, and sustainable management of energy resources at national, regional, and local level. In the period until the end of 2015, the Fund granted HRK 20 million for the projects worth in total around 48 million kunas.
Additional HRK 300 million was available under the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion for increasing energy efficiency and the use of RES in the commercial hospitality sector (tourism and commerce).
The long-term strategy of renovation of the national building stock until 2050 envisages that the system of energy efficiency obligations imposed on energy suppliers will significantly contribute to the renovation of these buildings by 2030.