Two more educational buildings in the town of Cantemir have been thermally rehabilitated with the support of the European Union.

The investments were made for the Kindergarten no. 2 and the Lyceum “Dimitrie Cantemir”, in compliance with high European standards on energy efficiency, helping to improve the conditions of comfort and health of about 360 children. An event to present the work took place on 3 December 2020, with the participation of the representative of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Gintautas Baranauskas.

Photo: Lynceum “Dimitrie Cantemir”

The building of the kindergarten, built in 1988, required the renovation and thermal refurbishment of the envelope for a long time. The changes started in 2018 with the launch of a large-scale EU funded project “Thermal Rehabilitation of Educational Buildings in Cantemir – CanTREB” implemented within the framework of Covenant on Mayors – Demonstration Projects. The building put on “new clothes” thanks to the insulated external walls, roof and basement aimed to reduce heat losses from the building. Special attention was given to the use of high quality materials and the best EU practices on thermal insulation of buildings. Thus, the walls and roof were insulated with 150 mm thick mineral wool. In the long run, this will significantly reduce the cost of heat energy required to maintain a comfortable temperature in buildings and better adapt to climate change conditions.

Another series of thermal insulation works were performed at the Lyceum “Dimitrie Cantemir”, located in the center of Cantemir town. Following energy audit recommendations, partial thermal insulation was made including the thermal insulation of the unheated part of the basement, roof and the external wall adjacent to the conference hall and the gym of the school which was especially cold. Particular attention was paid to the insulation of the parapet. This measure will help avoid cold bridges and, as a result, will help protect the school premises (classrooms on the upper floor) from mould.

The expected savings of heat energy as a result of these measures is 40-50%. Experts say that the project will also have a positive environmental effect, by reducing the level of CO2 emissions by 300 tons annually. The total investment cost for 2 buildings is EUR 288 600 .

The CanTREB project is carried out by Cantemir Town Hall, in partnership with the Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (AEER), with the financial support of the European Union, within the” Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects” Programme. The project provides for the thermal rehabilitation of 4 public educational buildings, through a complex of energy efficiency measures, such as thermal insulation of buildings, installation of individual heating station, replacement of internal lighting system with LED, installation of biomass plant, installation of photovoltaic systems and solar collectors, etc.

Photo: The northern wall of the Lynceum “Dimitrie Cantemir” after rehabilitation