On 4 May, GGGI officially handed over the demonstration design of a Public green kindergarten to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).
While providing a policy-level support to Mongolian Government in its effort to mainstream green growth into national and sub-national developmental policies, GGGI is implementing a project to demonstrate green architectural solutions through designing and introducing sustainable financial mechanisms of kindergarten building in one of the most needed districts of Ulaanbaatar. To be built in 25th khoroo of Songino-Khairkhan district of the capital city, the project had been undertaken by the joint team of Mongolia’s Green Building Council and Buildings Technology LLC with conjunction with strong support from the Government of Mongolia and GGGI.
The following main principles have been used as key criteria to define applicability of green kindergarten building technology solutions: (i) resource efficiency; (ii) technology friendliness from both educations users and environment perspectives; (iii) Cost effectiveness and (iv) overall green building principles, including indoor air quality, comfort level, use of renewable energy that has implications to overall climate change mitigation, safety and other requirements for outdoor environment and (v) social inclusiveness.
Mrs. Uranchimeg, Head of Green Technology and Investment department of MET, highlighted the advantages of the public kindergarten green building; “According to the Cost-Benefit Analysis of green kindergarten project, the initial investment for construction of green kindergarten is 26% higher than that of initial investment costs for building ordinary kindergarten, however, fixed costs, including heating, electricity, water, waste water treatment is 16.6-99.5% lower compared with same costs of ordinary kindergarten buildin.”
The public kindergarten designing work has started in November, 2015 and completed following six components:
- Carried-out desktop and stakeholder consultations on green building design and technology options analysis for demonstration green kindergarten building
- Conducted capacity building for multiple stakeholders on the design, technology assessment and cost-benefit analysis of the green building.
- Conducted an assessment of financing mechanisms for the green kindergarten building.
- Developed and recommended design, technology options, and financing mechanisms for the green building.
- Developed a complete set of design and planning of the green kindergarten building.
- Developed a guideline and recommendations on Engineering, Procurement and Construction process for green kindergarten building.
It was estimated that the greening kindergarten will enable to reduce 91.8-120 tons of CO2 emission by reducing the use of coal for heating and will eventually reduce the pressure on state and local budgets. In overall, the total operational and maintenance costs of green kindergarten is twice lower than same category of costs of ordinary kindergarten buildings and the likely positive impact of green kindergarten project will be the reduction of child health related costs over time.