By Dalga Khatinoglu
Only 15 percent of Iran’s household are well-optimized based on energy standards and the rest of them are losing $5 billion worth of energy annually, Mohammad Shekarchizadeh, head of Road , Housing and Development Research Center said Dec.19.
His statement came, while Iranian government has defined a $2 billion worth energy package to prevent energy lose in housing sector since 2013, but the plan hasn’t realized yet.
Iran needs to attract $2 billion to optimize 600,000 engine rooms. About 80 percent of Iran's households use heaters, while the others use central heating system in apartments.
About 20 million heaters are active in Iran, consuming 1500 cubic meters each on average annually. Currently, engine rooms waste 50 percent of energy they receive.
The housing sector consumes 91 billion cubic meters per year gas as well as 70.5 billion kWh of electricity annually. Beside 20 million heaters, about 2.2 million households use central heating systems.
About 1 million households are built in Iran annually, Shekarchizadeh said .
Housing sector shares 36 percent of energy consumption in Iran.
Iran's housing sector uses 1.5 times more energy compared to global averages according to Iran Fuel Conservation Organization (IFCO).
The International Energy Agency also says that the energy intensity index in Iran is one of the highest in the world (twice as much as the world average) and has been increasing on average by about 3.4 percent per year over the past 40 years.
In total, the country would decrease 1300 million barrels of oil equivalent energy consumption in housing sector during next five year cumulatively.
According to National Iranian Oil Refining & Distribution Company (NIORDC) statistics, the primary energy consumption was around 500 million barrels of oil equivalent (OE) in 1980, but the figure increased to 2.7 billion barrels of OE in 2000 and jumped to 4 billion barrels of OE in 2009.