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Warming up schools and hospitals in Montenegro (Inglês)

This Results Profile talks about school and hospitals in Montenegro. Boško Buha is in Pljevlja, in Montenegro's north, where winters are fierce and temperatures can plunge to minus 20 degrees Celsius. The Boško Buha sSchool was constructed in 1955, and time had worn it down.In 2010, with support from the World Bank, workers replaced loose windows with high quality PVC glass, caulked up holes, insulated the roof and facade, and upgraded the aging heating system. The energy efficiency project aims to plug up the holes and retrofit public buildings to make them warm, inviting places. The Olga Golović primary school is in Nikisic. It is one of the busiest schools in town, educating over 900 students, including some with special needs. This building is more than 30 years old, and it used to leak heat all winter long. School authorities say the retrofitting saves them about 40 percent in expenditures on energy. That's compared with pre-retrofitting spending three years ago. Meanwhile, the project is also helping hospitals become more energy efficient.The busy gGeneral Hhospital in Berane sees around 7,000 patients and over 2,000 surgeries a year, and it serves about 40,000 people. Conditions were so bad that patients would bring their own electric heaters to warm up their rooms. Now the hospital boasts a new thermal insulated facade. Workers replaced old rotting wooden windows with new PVC windows. They removed the old water heating system and replaced it with a new, more efficient one. And hospital authorities say the retrofitting saves energy and money, adding up to a total annual energy savings of 16.2 percent in electricity and 37.3 percent in fuel. Montenegro has retrofitted three schools and two hospitals. The government plans to upgrade another six schools, three hospitals and the clinic center of Montenegro in Podgorica. The government estimates the retrofitting project will directly touch about 15,000 students and patients. And the savings in cost and fuel will benefit everyone.

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