Cluj-Napoca rehabilitation of public buildings

Project completed

The objectives of the project are the thermal and electric rehabilitation of four buildings in the two public schools in the city of Cluj-Napoca (George Cosbuc National College and Sigismund Toduta music high school). Besides the improvement of energy efficiency and cost savings, the project will also contribute to improved working conditions of students and put the buildings in line with sanitary requirements for public schools.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Protecting the environment
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
27.08.2015 - 27.07.2019
CHF  1’407’343

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


Under the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme the European Energy Award is being introduced in four Romanian pilot cities. The European Energy Award is a quality management and certification system for municipalities committed to sustainable municipal energy, climate and transport policies. It is based on the label “Energy City”, which has originally been developed in Switzerland. Cluj-Napoca, a city of 305'000 inhabitants located in Transylvania, is one of the four selected pilot cities. Based on its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) it has identified the thermal and electric rehabilitation of aged and energy inefficient public buildings as a priority infrastructure project, in order to support the city in its efforts to decrease energy consumption, to introduce state-of-the-art technology to increase sustainability and to promote innovative solutions when retrofitting public buildings.


The goal of the project is to bring the buildings of both schools to the energy class level B and thereby reduce their energy consumption and maintenance costs. The working conditions for students and teachers are improved.

Target groups

The direct beneficiaries are the two schools and the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca which will benefit from a budget relief. The indirect beneficiaries will be 1514 students, teachers and other personnel whose working conditions will be significantly improved.

  • The thermal rehabilitation of the buildings involving the:
    - thermal insulation and veneering of walls;
    - replacement of existing windows with stratified wood or PVC and double-glazing windows;
    - replacement of thermal installations;
    - installation of an air conditioning system with heat recovery;
    - connection to the central district heating system.
  • The rehabilitation of the electric energy, thermal energy and water supply systems (including rain water collection).
  • The rehabilitation of the lighting system, installing LED technology.
  • The experimental taping of renewable energy sources including with photovoltaic panels (30 kW) and piezoelectric floors.



Achieved results:  

  • The fulfilment of Romania’s Ministry of Health prescriptions regarding working conditions for students/pupils and teachers in public schools.
  • Various measures to improve the energy needs of two public schools, resulting in energy savings of about 1,200 MWh/year (gas and electricity).
  • The energy classes of the buildings could be improved from class E to C and D to A, respectively.
  • It is estimated that thanks to Switzerland's support, Brasov is able to save CHF 108,000 in energy and maintenance costs per year and reduce its CO2 emissions by 230 tonnes per year.

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • Romanian Ministry of Public Finance and Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration

Implementing partner
Municipality of Cluj-Napoca

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’407’343 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’146’104
Project phases

Phase 10 27.08.2015 - 27.07.2019   (Completed)