The Norilsk Development Agency (NDA) and the Siberian Federal University (SFU) signed a cooperation agreement to find optimal facade solutions that will help save hundreds of the city houses from destruction.
The change in the city’s appearance is envisaged by the Norilsk master plan and the housing renovation program developed last year. It also implies external renovation of the city’s housing stock.
The current project is being implemented in partnership with the North and Arctic Institute and the Engineering and Construction Institute of the Siberian Federal University. As the project manager, SFU’s department for comprehensive study of the Arctic, candidate of economic sciences and the North and Arctic Institute project direction head Yury Zaharinsky noted, it is difficult to overestimate the importance of high-quality facades for our city, known for its aggressive climatic environment.
“According to the administration, 260 houses can become unusable within ten years, if prompt measures are not taken. This project will solve three tasks at least: preserving buildings, conserving heat and creating aesthetics for the city buildings’s appearance”, he explained.
SFU specialists inspect the facades of the houses, assess their condition and, on the basis of the analysis carried out, offer their recommendations for optimal facade solutions.
The team of the university specialists has already arrived in the city and started field research. By November 15, they will present a detailed analysis. Their conclusions will include feasibility studies for the use of certain facade systems, the assessment of the climate impact, the possible operating time of the proposed options, as well as the cost of work and the payback period of the project. The materials offered must meet sanitary requirements and are designed for long-term use. It is expected that in the future, the city facades repairs will be carried out taking into account the options proposed by the specialists of SFU.
«After the work is completed, it will be submitted for consideration to specialists and citizens”, – the acting Director of the NDA Konstantin Gorbunov noted. “Let me remind you that this work is being carried out within the framework of the Norilsk master plan, and the proposals developed by the SFU will be included in the housing renovation program”.
Yury Zaharinsky thanked ARN for involvement in the project, which would be useful for Norilsk and the townspeople.
Text: Maria Sokolova, Photo: Maria Sokolova