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Estonian project has been selected as a RegioStars 2017 finalist


The RegioStars Awards Jury has announced the finalists for the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honouring Europe's most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds.

An independent Jury selected 24 finalists from 103 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.

The 24 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 20 Member States and one neighboring country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Estonian project, sent to the contest by Innove, was "Construction of Gymnasium of Põlva". The new public secondary school building built in the small town of Põlva is the first ever nearly zero-energy schoolhouse in Estonia. The building is constructed from environment-friendly materials, the entire roof is covered with solar panels. The project also included installing of road tops, green areas, plot fences, outdoor lighting and traffic signs. The entire building is accessible for people with disabilities. The building is furnished with modern environment-friendly furniture, inventory and equipment. The well thought-through project and quality construction work are acknowledged by the final class A energy label and energy efficiency number 54 kWh/m2 x a, and the best air tightness number in Estonia for a public building.

The project was supported by European Regional Development Fund (4 913 200 euros) and by Estonian state (867 035 euros).

All finalists are invited to the RegioStars Awards ceremony which will take place on 10th of October 2017 in Brussels.

Additional information about RegioStars 2017.