Workshop “Residential Energy Efficiency”

One of the main strategic directions in the work of Habitat Bulgaria is to take actions supporting the improvement of the energy efficiency of the housing stock in Bulgaria. As part of the Housing Improvement Program through interest-free loans for housing improvements for low-income families raising children, we work with families who have major problems with the poor energy efficiency of their homes, leading to unhealthy living conditions or inability to heat well in the cold months. At the same time, these families are not able to take general measures to improve energy efficiency, and when they try, they are often inefficient.

In order to provide families with basic knowledge on how to keep their homes in good condition, we have developed the we have developed the training Energy Efficiency of the Home.

The training program includes topics such as:

• What does energy efficient mean;
• What steps to take to make our home energy efficient;
• How to save on household electricity and more.

The training notebooks include real-life examples and case studies, multiple illustrations and practical solutions.

The training was created as part of the Home Maintenance training under the “For better homes” project , funded by the Program for Supporting NGOs in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and further developed and set up as a stand-alone training module in the framework of project “Social protection and alleviation from deprivation for at-risk children and adolescents in Bulgaria through improving living conditions and other community based support” funded by VELUX Foundations.

The training is aimed at current and potential clients under Habitat Bulgaria’s Housing Improvement Programs, together with their partners from local NGOs. Between January 2015 and March 2019, 23 trainings were conducted with 360 participants.