The theme of the conference was “Green” construction and energy-efficient engineering”.
Within the framework of the event, the leading Ukrainian and foreign developers and engineering companies in their examples described how the market is changing and what to expect in the near future.
Oleksandr Radchenko, CEO of the ArtBudService construction company, emphasized that for today the potential clients at this market are not ready for the global energy revolution in the construction industry:
“On the one hand, there are no incentive programs that could cover some of the costs in the construction of energy-saving facilities, there are no programs for preferential lending, and on the other hand – domestic companies do not have enough experience in exploiting such facilities”.
Oleksandr Radchenko also noted that most of the construction companies are not yet ready to implement projects for “green” construction.
“Typically, these are isolated cases that solve the two main tasks: increase the image of the developer himself, and try new technologies for a further painless transition to new construction needs,” – said Oleksandr Radchenko.
The expert also paid special attention to the fact that by 2025, without stimulating state programs, one should not expect a massive transition of domestic developers to power construction of both commercial and industrial facilities. However, in his opinion, much will depend, above all, on the cost of energy consumption.
“In order for “green” construction to develop, Ukrainian energy tariffs should increase, at least, 2-3 times”, – summed up Oleksandr Radchenko.
Using energy saving technologies in housing construction reduces the developer’s profitability by 30-45%.
According to Olga Solovey, CEO of URE Club, the return on investment in energy saving technologies in commercial real estate objects (shopping centers, business centers, etc.) is now up to 10-12 years old, and in residential construction it is possible in the term up to 15 years .
“The use of energy-efficient technologies is advantageous to developers only if the further exploitation of these objects will remain behind them. If the item is for sale, it becomes unprofitable. For example, energy-saving technologies in housing construction can be paid off mainly in projects of construction of profitable houses”, – Olga Solovey emphasized.
The expert also mentioned that for today the profitability of housing projects in the category of economy and comfort class, according to various estimates, does not exceed 25%.
“It is clear that in the face of fierce competition for the buyer, some companies deliberately go to the fact that in their projects to introduce elements of energy-saving technologies in construction, thereby reducing the expected profitability,” – she says.
However, the head of URE Club noted that the share of residential objects using energy-saving technologies to date reaches 50% of the total number of buildings under construction. At the same time, the share of commercial real estate being built on these technologies is only slightly more than 5%.
“One of the main tasks of the Ukrainian construction community is the gradual introduction of energy saving in construction. Domestic developers in their “residential” projects use air recuperation systems, condensing gas boilers and a number of other energy-saving technologies. Sending to the buyer is quite simple: saving on heat can reach up to 30%. On the other hand, the purpose of the customer of construction is important for the realization of such construction projects. It is the customer of the facility, in addition to marketing opportunities to attract the buyer, must realize that his place in the market will largely depend on the readiness to completely switch over to energy-saving technologies in the next few years”, – summed Olga Solovey.