Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds


Organisation: Clean Air Action Group Website: Added: March 23, 2023
Project start date: April 03, 2018
Project end date: May 29, 2020


The goal of the project was the construction of a new public building - an elementary school built in a passive energy standard. In general, passive house is demanding in terms of technology, location and consideration of orientation, insulation and shading. The constructed building is primarily heated by heat pumps, ventilation is handled by recuperation units that use the residual heat of the ventilated air to heat fresh air. Rainwater is used for watering and flushing toilets. The entire campus serves as the community center of the village and is also used outside of school education. They have a library, two gymnasiums, a ballroom, and a climbing wall that is used by the public. The building's passive energy design, which relied on natural light, insulation, and ventilation to regulate temperature, resulted in significant energy savings, reducing the school's carbon footprint and operating costs. The school also benefits from a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment, with better air quality, lighting, and temperature control. Furthermore, the building's multi-functional design, with the inclusion of a community center and gym, has helped to bring the local community together and provided a much-needed space for community events and activities. This is helping to foster a sense of community spirit and strengthened the bond between the school, the residents, and the surrounding area.

Financial data

The total cost of the building was 420 million crowns (17 768 520 EUR) The construction of the school grounds was paid for from several sources, which covered also equipment for the school. The Ministry of Education provided 238 million crowns (10 022 967 EUR), 10 million crowns (421 133 EUR) from the Central Bohemian Region, from European Union funds, it was around 272 million crowns (11 454 820 EUR).


In case of new building construction for public purposes (e.g. schools), passive or near-passive buildings should be raised in order to minimize energy consumption and improve the well-being of users and the environment. In addition, a passive energy school can serve as a model for sustainable design and inspire students to become environmental cautious individuals.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.