Applications for co-financing of energy renovation of houses in 2024 are open until the end of February
The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund has published the conditions and criteria for co-financing the energy renovation of family houses. As much as 120 million euros will be available to the citizens in 2024, which is the largest amount allocated by the state for these projects so far.
Owners and co-owners whose houses have up to 600 m2 or up to three residential units and more than 50% of the area intended for living can apply. Applicants in that house must have residence, proper ownership and proof that the building is completely legal. If the house was damaged in the earthquake, it is possible to receive 80% of the eligible investment costs, while citizens whose houses were not damaged by the earthquake can count on 60% co-financing. Depending on the percentage participation and the measures that will be applied in the energy renovation, the maximum amount of incentives will be 62,120.00 euros per application.
When determining the amount of incentives, the Fund was guided by the current market prices of construction materials, services and equipment needed for systems of using renewable energy sources, all with the intention of making energy renewal as financially acceptable as possible for citizens.
Owners of family houses can receive grants for measures of increasing the thermal protection of the envelope, which includes better thermal insulation of external walls and roofs and the replacement of external carpentry. In addition, funds can be obtained for the installation of heat pumps, solar heat collectors and pellet boilers. As for the installation of photovoltaic power plants to produce electricity for own consumption, the Fund will co-finance them with 50% of the funds, as in earlier public calls. Citizens who decide to install a solar power plant and have or intend to buy an electric vehicle will certainly be interested in the possibility of obtaining funds for a home charging station.
Family houses whose energy renovation will be encouraged, except in the case when only co-financing of the photovoltaic power plant is requested, must be energy certified. If a complete energy renovation is carried out or the thermal insulation of the outer envelope of the house is increased, it must be energy class D or worse in continental Croatia, or C or worse in coastal Croatia. If heating/cooling systems and domestic hot water preparation using renewable energy sources are installed, the energy class of the family house must be C or better in continental Croatia or B or better in coastal Croatia.
Submission of applications will begin on the day of publication of the public call for energy renovation of family houses, and no later than the end of February 2024. Citizens will submit their applications electronically, using the NIAS system, and the link to the electronic service, as well as instructions for users with all associated application forms, will be available as part of the call documentation. Hiring professional and technical assistance for the preparation of the entire project is also an acceptable cost, and applicants are also given the opportunity to authorize another person who can complete the application on their behalf.
In order to bring the conditions of the public call closer to citizens and answer all their questions, the Fund will also organize informative and educational workshops, and we will highlight all presentations and materials from them on the website.
The goal of this program, which the Fund implements in cooperation with the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and State Assets and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, is to additionally encourage the application of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy sources in family homes. In this way, in addition to reducing harmful emissions, the amount of energy required for heating and cooling the space will be reduced, financial savings will be ensured and the comfort and quality of living in family homes will be increased.
You can find all financing conditions and criteria on the Fund’s website.