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The topic of energy efficiency in buildings is becoming increasingly important in Lithzuania and Estonia. European standards and EU directives apply in Lithuania and Estonia. From 2021, only near-zero energy buildings are to be built. These buildings promote and protect ecosystems, improve indoor air quality and conserve natural resources. Canadian suppliers have developed energy-efficient insulation that can help with these targets simultaneously.

The United States is bracing for a number of applications to construct the country’s first new reactor in almost 30 years thanks to recent changes in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (“NRC”) permitting process. Previously, potential plant operators had to apply for two different permits- one to build the plant and a second to actually start operating it, this mainly because they needed to make sure transformer field repairs were done before opening the plant.

From 2019, this will already apply to new public-sector buildings. The predominant form of housing in Lithuania and Estonia is private residential property (97% and 78% respectively).

However, most of the housing stock is obsolete and not energy efficient.

In both Baltic States, for example, 1.8 times more energy is used to heat buildings than in other EU countries with similar climatic conditions.

Ingvar Henry Lotts
Dr. Ingvar Henry Lotts is the founder of the Baltic Review (ISSN 2029-2643). He is member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the BALTIC REVIEW and President of the Union of Lithuanian Germans (LVS). Ingvar Henry Lotts lives in Vilnius with his wife Elvyra, a orphanage director, and their daughter Anna-Gertruda, student of the Vilnius University.

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