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Central Asia and Russia

Almaty, Kazakhstan

IMT is currently working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. IMT delivers technical assistance to UNDP and national agencies on architecture, construction, and utility services in the following areas: developing and implementing new energy codes for buildings; developing labeling and incentive programs for energy performance; designing and implementing training programs for architects, engineers, building owners, and other stakeholders; and creation and management of demonstration projects (actual buildings embodying best practices in energy-efficient design and construction).

Starting from its very founding in 1996, IMT has played a leading role in transforming markets for energy-efficient buildings in Russia and its neighbors. This work has supported federal and regional government agencies in the development of new building codes for energy performance. The federal governments of Russia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Moldova, as well as over 50 regional governments in Russia, have adopted building codes based on a model developed by IMT and its collaborators. These codes require thermal performance representing an estimated 35 to 40 percent energy savings compared to buildings designed in compliance with previous codes.

IMT has built upon the successes of its code-development work with implementation support. These efforts involve technical training, development of technical manuals, and catalysis of market-stimulation programs. This activity has been made possible by financial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.