Family houses make up 65% of the housing stock in Croatia, and the housing stock is responsible for 40% of total energy consumption on the national level. The majority of family houses in Croatia were built before 1987 and they have almost no or only minimal thermal insulation (energy class E or below). Such houses consume 70% of energy for heating, cooling and preparation of domestic hot water, and energy efficiency measures can significantly reduce their consumption, in certain cases up to 60% as compared to the current consumption.
On 27 March 2014 the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Programme of energy renovation of family houses for the period between 2014 and 2020 (Official Gazette 43/14), which is implemented by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund. The Programme is aimed at increasing energy efficiency of existing houses, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions as well as reducing monthly costs for energy products, along with an overall increase in the quality of life. The planning of such projects implies also the engagement of local companies and experts, whereby economic activity is stimulated.
In 2015, amendments to the Programme (Official Gazette 36/15) were adopted that enabled all citizens of the Republic of Croatia to submit applications directly to the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund. Furthermore, the definition of family house has been modified and the procedure of applying for incentives simplified. As of 2015, applications for incentives can be submitted for houses with a gross floor area up to 600 m2 or with a maximum 3 housing units, with more than 50% of the floor area intended for housing.
In 2016, the co-financing programme was additionally amended due to the use of resources from EU funds within the framework of the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Programme. As envisaged in the Government Programme of 2014, since 2016 funds have been drawn from European funds, this being the reason for the necessary additional adjustment of co-financing conditions. Up to 2020, for housing sector renovation, 100 million EUR are available to Croatia, out of which cca 30 million are designated for the renovation of family houses.
Currently not all the elements of the adjusted programme are known yet, however they will be published on our website as soon as available, therefore we advise you to continue to follow our website.