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Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rene Tammist attended an IEA (International Energy Agency) conference in Paris and met with the French Digital Affairs Minister Mounir Mahjoubi and the Finnish Energy Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen. Minister Tammist also presented a panel presentation on how to improve the energy efficiency of residential buildings. “We are clearly aiming for the construction of zero-energy buildings in the sector, but there’s a long way to go to achieve considerable change. This is a challenge to all market participants, because in Estonia our buildings consume over 50% of the produced energy, while the average in the EU is close to 40%. We must use e-building solutions and collected data for the better implementation and execution of future designs and projects, otherwise we may easily forget the best energy efficiency practices after the building is completed,” explained minister Tammist. The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs is developing an e-building platform, which will encompass the entire lifecycle of a building from designing to demolition and recycling. This will lay the foundation for developing a live digital version of the built-up environment in Estonia, while also combining and harmonising all construction-related public databases and registers. The state will also be investing 178,8 million EUR in the residential buildings sector in the years 2019-2022, of which 122 million EUR will go towards residential apartment building renovation to achieve energy efficiency.