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Energy Efficient Construction in Cities - Renewable Energy Training Center (RETC)
Agape international started this project in Spring 2009 in partnership with the Non-Conventional Energy Development Center (NCEDC), Pyongyang.


The project aims at the dissemination of the knowledge about energy efficient construction work (design, planning, and construction) in combination with the use of alternative energy sources (wind, sun, and biogas). This shall be demonstrated in a practical manner with the construction of the new training center of the Energy Center in Pyongyang based on current standards in Switzerland / Europe (Minergie / Minergie-P / ...). The building is aimed to be a model for further buildings within the country. The know-how about implementing energy efficient standards in design and construction work is transferred to at least 100 domestic specialists that are able to train others.

This is done by implementing the following strategy:

  • Study of existing Minimum-Energy standards and energy efficient construction principles from Europe and DPRK. Development of different options for construction of the outside of the building, air circulation, heating and cooling and production of electric power.
  • Based on the availability of adequate material selection of a best option and calculation of the costs. Discussion with local and international experts.
  • Adaptation and realization of that concept for the new training center (RETC) in Pyongyang. Parts not available in country are identified and solutions are searched to either produce them in country or to easily import them.
  • Existing know-how and information is tested and made available in Korean for wide dissemination throughout the country. Trainer-trainings and leaflets help in spreading it.
  • Expert and information exchange guarantee to find solutions adapted to the countries resources and combine it with all available know-how worldwide.


Target group:

  • House builders, architects, technicians, planning staff of multi-family houses, blocks and public buildings in (small) cities
  • Everyone interested in the use of alternative energy sources in villages or brigades.
Expected results:
  • NCEDC is able to provide all necessary information and the training for the planning and the construction of an energy efficient building. This includes the selection of the right location, the construction (including design, calculation of energy demand and production, plans, construction instruction), selection of appropriate material (insulation, window type, etc.) and list of suppliers with adequate material standards within or outside the country and cost calculation.
  • A building, the new training center was designed and built based on those concepts and standards. A review of the planned energy efficiency and the real efficiency has taken place.
  • NCECD has trained 100 local experts in the concepts, the design and construction monitoring of energy efficient buildings and also in maintenance of such buildings.
Project duration:
2009 - 2010
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