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Sapareva banya, Bulgaria

Municipality of Sapareva Banya (Bulgaria)


Sapareva Banya is a municipality, located in South-West Bulgaria, 75 km away from the capital Sofia. It covers 180.8 km², comprising one town and four villages with a population of about 8,300 inhabitants. The municipality employs 30 people. Sapareva Banya proudly shares one third of its territory with Rila National Park, which was established in 1992. While Sapareva Banya is most known for its cool and clean mountain water, it is also famous for its unique geothermal mineral water - the hottest mineral water in all of Europe (103 °C) and the only active geyser in the Balkans. The municipality has experience in using its geothermal mineral water as alternative renewable energy source, which was applied as heating source for a local kindergarten. At present the key problems are related to the existing building stock. The municipality has its own administrative buildings and buildings used for kindergartens and a school. The school has renovated windows and the municipality is continuously improving its buildings. Problems are related to the old installations, old windows, building envelopes, which are without insulation and do not cover new standards and requirements. The building stock is in majority private – houses, blocks of flats, hotels, shops, etc. Most of them are in poor conditions from the perspective of energy efficiency and need energy auditing and renovation. Sapareva banya will be the pilot municipality in Bulgaria and will perform the planned tasks in close co-operation with the country co-ordinator SOFENA in order to contribute to the successful implementation of the project.