The rehabilitation of a historic iconic monument of the city , the Palace of Culture, respecting monuments rehabilitation, using energy efficiency measures also
This iconic building was built in the period 1906 – 1925, on the place of the former Royal Palace as Palace of Justice. In 1955, the building changed its purpose into a cultural destination, becoming the host of important cultural institutions in Iasi. After 2000 the Palace was in a advanced state of degradation and rehabilitation works were needed. This was done under the governmental project “The rehabilitation of historic monuments in Romania,” funded by the Council of Europe Development Bank and implemented by a project management unit with the Ministry of Culture.
The works respected the restrictions imposed by a historical building, however, energy efficiency measures have been implemented through:
- Outside and inside lightening with led;
- Modernization and replacement of old high consuming heating system and use of cooling air station activated with sensor technologies, preventing losses;
- Consolidation and insulation of the entire building (floor, walls, roof, windows);
- Use of natural materials (wood, stone etc) with insulation high quality ;
- low air change ventilation;
- controlled day-lighting;
- management of lightening and heating during night (reducing consumption) ;

Resources needed

EUR 26.12 million funded by the Council of Europe Development Bank and implemented by a project management unit of the Ministry of Culture;
employing over 350 people (new jobs)

Evidence of success

The building is completed renovated respecting both historical and modern requirements, providing quality spaces from the scientific, cultural and energy efficiency point of view. It was presented as a transferable good practice during the Staff exchange on CLEAN project in Iasi

Difficulties encountered

Restriction in material and technologies used due to historical monument restrictive regulations

Potential for learning or transfer

The Good practice is fully transferable and can be interesting for communities dealing with historical buildings that need to be transformed in new functionalities spaces that respect also modern needs and energy efficiency standards.
Main institution
Iasi Municipality
Nord-Est, Romania (România)
Start Date
September 2008
End Date
January 2016


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