New environmental standards for energy consumption and conservation will come into force in the Czech Republic in 2020.
For the individual self-builders who have already received a construction permit, the former rules and standards will apply. But they are recommended to “join” new technologies today. Since 2016, according to the EU directive, the above standards have already been applied for the construction of multi-apartment buildings and offices in Prague and other Czech cities.
What’s new in the standards for those who will build a private house in the Czech Republic?
- building insulation requirements have changed and have become one ABC letter higher from “C” to “B”.
- installation of windows that are able to meet the new standard (the minimum “window formula” will be announced later)
- installation of hot water solar collectors.
- installation of solar panels for partial or full coverage of electricity needs.
Many individual self-builders at first were not enthusiastic about the innovations. But after some time they came to conclusion: «By building a more energy-efficient private house in the Czech Republic, one can significantly save on energy resources and simply significantly improve one`s life due to newer high-quality equipment.
To build a private house in the Czech Republic will be notably more expensive
Representatives of Czech construction companies in «a corporate way» speak of minimum 10% increase in the cost of construction (especially external work on the insulation and purchase of solar panels and equipment ). The cost of building of an average house in the Czech Republic is about 5 million CZK. Since 2020 – 5.5 – 5.7 million CZK. New rules and regulations will not apply to historic houses in the center of Prague, small country houses, and prefabricated houses which will not rise in price significantly – only by 1-2%.