Western Ukraine is now a little greener thanks to an EBRD energy efficiency project in the city of Lviv.
A five minute walk through the cobbled streets of the Lviv’s old quarter, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brings you to the gleaming new Forum Lviv shopping complex, which is being built with an EBRD investment of €52.1 million.
The complex, due to open in early 2015, has over 350 construction workers involved and was designed according to the five E’s sustainability principles: Everlasting design, Ecological footprint, Equal benefits, Economic viability and Education for all.
A technical cooperation project funded by Japan through the Sustainable Energy Initiative Cooperation Fund further underlines the project’s commitment to energy efficiency.
The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is one of the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, setting the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. At present there are no BREEAM certified retail properties in Ukraine and the complex would be one of the first to obtain an international certification
After visiting the site and studying the building’s design, a list of energy efficiency measures specific to the building and to Ukraine’s climate was complied. A number of sustainable measures which go beyond industry practice are also being included in the design, including natural ventilation, increased use of natural light, a focus on public transport and the redevelopment of green areas. Forum Lviv is also engaged in a number of community initiatives, including a design competition which encourages local artists to contribute to the shopping centre.
To date Japan has provided over €152 million to the EBRD’s Technical Cooperation accounts through bilateral and multilateral funds, making it one of the largest bilateral contributors. The funds for this project were used to assess further energy efficiency opportunities and to prepare the client for an international energy performance assessment.