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RF Presidential Council for Economic Modernisation to discuss new material in construction

March 04, 2014, 6:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 04, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday will hold a meeting of the presidium of RF Presidential Council for Economic Modernisation and Innovative Development to discuss the use of new materials in the construction industry, the press service of the Russian government reported.

The meeting will be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Minister of Construction and Housing Mikhail Men, Economic Development Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev, Energy Minister Aleksander Novak, Regional Development Minister Igor Slyunyayev, Minister for Open Government Mikhail Abyzov, representatives of ministries and departments, the construction industry and education.

The Cabinet stressed that the basic document defining the prospects for the production of building materials was the earlier adopted Strategy for the development of the industry of building materials and industrial house-building for the period until 2020. The document provides for the introduction of new capacities with the creation of competitive, environmentally friendly production facilities for innovative products, the development of the industrial house-building base on the public-private partnership conditions, the construction of machine-building enterprises for the manufacturing of equipment for the plants of building materials, items and structures, modern means of transportation of construction materials.

Updating the document, the Construction Ministry pays special attention to the issue of stimulating the use of innovative technology and materials in the construction sphere and in the production of building materials. “The task of the developers is to ensure the proper level of harmonisation of the worked out standards with international and regional standards with taking into account the possibilities and interests of producers and consumers of such products,” the government said. To this end, the work is carried out to create by 2015 the conditions for the application in Russia of the Eurocodes document sets in design and construction. To date, all 58 parts of the Eurocodes have been professionally translated from English into Russian. In accordance with the legislation in effect, they have been registered in the Federal Information Fund of Technical Regulations and Standards. Thirty draft national annexes to the Eurocodes that take into account Russia’s territorial peculiarities have been prepared.

A total of more than 100 new sets of rules were updated, developed and approved in 2010-2013. Seventy-eight of them were been updated and 23 developed anew. About 200 standards for building materials, including 153 interstate standards, have been developed and approved.

This year, it is planned to prepare a number of standards for geosynthetic materials and their test methods, including for the construction of tunnels and underground facilities, for drainage systems, for foundations, piers and earthworks, for the protection against erosion (coastal protection).

“Particular attention is paid to the introduction of innovative technology in housing construction, including in low-rise buildings,” the Cabinet added, noting the positive experience of building energy-efficient homes in the Altai and Stavropol regions, in Dagestan, Yakutia and Tatarstan.

The use of modern advanced energy saving techniques, such as additional thermal insulation of facades, windows and doorways, ceilings, efficient illuminating devices, automation of the regulation and accounting of used resources, has made ··it possible to significantly reduce losses. “The use of alternative renewable energy sources (solar panels and collectors, heat pumps, ventilation systems with heat recovery) has made it possible to reduce by 60-70 percent energy consumption from external sources, which in turn will lead to a real 30-40 percent reduction in public utility charges for the population, compared with the charges in the houses that had been built under earlier projects,” the government emphasised.

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