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  1. Vienna Healthy Building and Energy Saving Fair on 12 – 15 February 2015 

This winter ARHAM was part of BAUEN & ENERGIE WIEN, a fair for healthy building, renovating, security, spa facilities, financing and energy saving. 

This trade fair boosts a strong focus on environmental and climate protection innovations. It is a very popular annual gathering for trade specialists and for consumers intending to build new houses and extensions with the best and very latest materials and systems the industry can offer.

Around 550 exhibitors provide comprehensive face-to-face advice on building materials, windows and doors, modern prefab housing, financing, heating and household technology, spa facilities, and also building biology, building ecology and energy efficiency.

Bauen & Energie Wien is a show that provides expert advice for current building and renovation projects in the eastern part of Austria and the nearby regions beyond the national borders.


2. “Building Smart for Smarter Cities” on 10-11 June 2015 in Vienna.

After that, this June our team also actively participated in the conference and b2b matchmaking event BUILDING SMART FOR SMARTER CITIES in Vienna.

The reason why we were there was to learn more about the latest Austrian technologies and knowhow on sustainable building, refurbishment, densification and reutilisation, find new business partners and extend our international network, gain knowledge on new markets, initiate cross-border contacts etc.

Both the fair and the conference were successful events for our association, providing us with extensive information and knowledge in our areas of interest.

It is easy to ignore major problems when we are not immediately affected by them. A prime example for this is the irrigation of agricultural areas.

The most advanced and efficient watering systems can be found in the Near East region. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the region is almost all desert and therefore it is very hard to find any sources of water. Due to its utility the technology has found use in The Republic of Macedonia through the drip system.

Primitive drip irrigation has been used since ancient times. Modern drip irrigation began its development in Germany in 1860 when researchers began experimenting with subsurface irrigation using clay pipe to create combination irrigation and drainage systems. Research was later expanded in the 1920s to include the application of perforated pipe systems. The usage of plastic to hold and distribute water in drip irrigation was later developed in Australia by Hannis Thill. Usage of a plastic emitter in drip irrigation was developed in Israel by Simicha Blass and his son Yeshayahu.  Instead of releasing water through tiny holes easily blocked by tiny particles, water was released through larger and longer passageways by using velocity to slow water inside a plastic emitter. The first experimental system of this type was established in 1959 by Blass who partnered later (1964) with Kibbutz Hatzerim to create an irrigation company called Netafim. Together they developed and patented the first practical surface drip irrigation emitter.

DripirrigationThe new trends in this technology include underground watering systems which are mounted before the crops have been planted and it’s maintained via the usage of different chemicals safe for the crops. Also there are sensors that detect the level of humidity in the soil and through that the farmers know how much water the plants need.

The drip system has lead to a revolution in the irrigation of agricultural areas because of these main reasons. First the digging of canals has become irrelevant, the system is just mounted and then maintained. Secondly the system is good at keeping all of the fertilizer and nutrients in the soil  due to the concentration of drip around the roots of the plants. Also the leveling of the fields is unnecessary because the system can be adjusted to the surface, and erosion and the growth of vegetation has been minimized.

In the Republic of Macedonia financial help is given to the farmers who want to implement this technology in their fields through the Program for rural development and AFSARD programs. The farmers must meet the pre defined conditions if they want to be financed. There is a 30 to 60 day waiting period after the day of application, then the results are published and the farmers that have met the conditions will get their finances around 6 months after the day of application. The farmers get around 50% off of the full cost of the system through these programs.

The drip system has proven to be one of the best ways to irrigate the fields and it is its practicality that makes it so unique and usable in all parts of the world.


The world renowned landscape designer Ruslan Sergeev’s exhibition was the one which opened the third Balkan Соlony of Artisans in Bitola. It was a five-day event where artisans from the Balkans and beyond had a chance to showcase their passion for handcraft.

Scultura-insetto-gigante-designer-Ruslan-Sergeev-street-artRuslan Sergeev is an Israeli artist with Russian descent. He graduated the Academy of Art and Design in Minsk, Belarus and is known for over 90 scenic mosaic sculptures. His works of art are displayed in 9 unique parks of sculpture. This was his first visit to Macedonia and it further exemplifies two decades of growing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During the time in Bitola he gave a master class to students as part of the colony. They had a chance to soak in some of his knowledge and learn more about the mosaic technique. A small sculpture of a lynx as the symbol of Bitola was built in the process.

ruslan sergeev sculptureReviews compare Sergeev to Antonio Gaudi, who architecturally transformed Barcelona with his unique and remarkable masterpieces. Sergeev is being said to have done the same with Israel. He draws his inspiration from Jerusalem, where many of his mosaics are on display. A tentative plan has been made for a 15-20 meter statue of a lynx that would decorate the city of Bitola with something never before seen on the Balkans. If there are no issues in the procedural part of the process and all the details can be arranged, the sculpture will be exhibited on a public place and should be an attraction for people of all ages.


Interview from TV Orbis.


From 13-15th of October the  Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition & Conference 2015, in which ARHAM’s members will be active participants, will be held in Israel.

WATEC Israel is a biennial exhibition taking place over three days. It offers the perfect opportunity to hear from and meet a range of growing Water, Energy & Environment companies seeking a combination of partners, investment and professional services to develop their companies. Every WATEC Israel event attracts thousands of water and wastewater professionals from around the world.

Screen-Shot-2013-02-19-at-2.13.32-PMIsrael has long played a major role in the Cleantech field, evolving from a nation of limited natural resources to a significant player in global sustainability. Making use of its highly educated workforce and vast experience in the hi-tech industry, the country has developed an industry, over 400 companies strong, dedicated exclusively to sustainable water, energy and environmental technologies.

Israel’s specific water needs have helped produce many significant developments:

  • Several of the World’s Largest RO Desalination Plants are located in Israel (Sorek and Hadera)
  • World Leadership in using Recycled Water (more than 80% of Agricultural Consumption)
  • One of the World’s most Advanced Systems of Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation
  • Unique Integrative Management of Varied Water Sources
  • Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the One-of-a-kind National Water Carrier
  • Advanced Solutions of Water Quality, Safety
  • Advanced Homeland Water Security Solutions

The Israeli Water Weekpapillon

“Out of the necessity of contending with difficult and adverse climate and geographical conditions and supported by its entrepreneurial culture, Israel has become a globally unique water solutions hub.

One of the most significant challenges in the global water arena is the reduction of pressure on natural water resources, among other resources, caused by rapid population growth, climate change and increased industrial activity. It is clear today that advanced technologies are the key to more efficient exploitation of natural resources (water, soil, energy & materials). It is estimated that new technologies and smart water solutions will contribute to the provision of almost two-thirds of the additional quantities of water required in future decades.

Bringing together Israeli & international business executives, water utility engineers, political decisions makers and leading researchers, WATEC 2015 promises to be a premier showcase for the most advanced technologies and solutions from Israel and around the world.”

an excerpt from WATEC 2015 Chairman’s Welcome Letter

Here’s a link to the event’s website:



On August 17th 2015 a memorandum for reconstruction and conservation of the Jewish cemetery in Bitola/Monastir was signed between the Ambassador of Israel in Macedonia mr. Dan Oryan, the Mayor of Bitola/Monastir d-r Vladimir Taleski and Marijana Stefanovski from the Association for sustainable urban development ARHAM.

The intention of this memorandum is to turn the Jewish cemetery in Bitola/Monastir into a memorial pFOTO-MEMORANDUM-18-AVGUSTark and by doing so saving it from the sands of time. It will be conserved with appropriate measures and activities taken to raise awareness of the significance of this memorial of great cultural and historic value. A platform for attracting more national and international partners for this project is envisaged, as well as international promotion of the site in order to strengthen the friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between the two nations. The cemetery will get additional maintenance and preservation, a special arbored walk will be built and symbolically, as many trees will be planted as there were Jewish families once upon a time in Bitola/Monastir.

“The memorandum or the declaration is very important because it motivates us to work together, institutionally united, so Bitola’s/Monastir’s past will not be forgotten. Our only direction and plans are for the future, our wish is to bring many tourists to Bitola/Monastir so they can see and read about testimonials from the past. In this document we planned our future cooperation without neglecting the past and it will give a new impulse to our collaboration” – said ambassador Oryan.

The agreement was signed in Bitola’s/Monastir’s ‘NI Institute and Museum’ and was followed by the opening of an exhibition named ‘Here I Am’ – Israeli landscapes in illustrations from children’s books from 1948 to 2014 by Israeli illustrator Liora Grossman, a part of Bitfest 2015 – Bitola’s/Monastir’s annual summer festival.

Video from TV Tera.

Студентите од економските и техничките факултети ќе се натпреваруваат во изработка на бизнис план со посебен осврт на енергетска ефикасност. На конкурсот што ќе биде објавен од денеска ќе можат да учествуваат сите студенти од техничките и економските факултети од било која студиска година. Студентите ќе можат да се пријават за учество во форма на тимови од минимум две и максимум шест лица.

Доставените решенија од страна на студентите ќе ги разгледува стручна комисија. Најдобрите три проекти ќе бидат наградени со парични награди во вредност од 30.000, 18.000 и 9.000 денари.

Натпреварот за изработка на најдобар бизнис план е дел од активностите во рамките на Платформата за енергетска ефикасност што ја организираат ЕВН и Министерството за економија.

„Како енергетска компанија ние работиме интензивно на примената на енергетската ефикасност, особено во реалниот сектор. Но, за да имаме поголема практична примена неопходна е едукација, особено кај најмладите кои во иднина ќе бидат носители на развојот во економијата. Затоа овој натпревар е важен, бидејќи ќе отвори една нова димензија на размислување која треба да стане редовна пракса во следниот период“, изјави Вернер Хенгст, претседател на Управниот одбор на ЕВН Македонија.
За реализација на натпреварот за најдобар бизнис план, се вклучија тимот на Енергетска азбука и студентските организации IAESTE и AIESEC кои ќе дадат техничка и логистичка поддршка за реализација на овој проект. Сите заинтересирани студенти ќе може да аплицираат за учество во една од двете студентски организации или на интернет страницата За пријавените студенти ќе се организира и кратка обука од стручно лице за критериумите за изработка на бизнис планот.

Министерството за економија и ЕВН Македонија минатата година започнаа со „Платформата за Енергетска ефикасност“ минатата година, а целта беше подигнување на свеста и примената на енергетска ефикасност пред се во реалниот сектор. Во рамките на оваа платформа се одржа едукативна работилница за медиумите и за компаниите. Според последните податоци над 30% од компаниите веќе применуваат енергетски ефикасни технологии. Дел од оваа платформа е и едукативната емисија „Енергетска азбука“. Платформата за енергетска ефикасност беше позитивно оценета и во извештајот на Европската комисија за Македонија, во која беше нотирано дека на полето на енергетската ефикасност направен е сериозен напредок.

Извор: ЕВН Македонија

The Western Balkans Sustainable Financing Facility (WeBSEFF) which works under The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development proved to be a very successful project for the development of energy efficiency of the Western Balkans.

The first stage of the project lasted from 2009 to 2013 in which 59 million euros were used for projects related to energy efficiency and resulted in a decrease in CO2 emissions equivalent to the removal of 77000 cars a year and decrease in energy usage.

With the success of the first stage of the project, WeBSEFF decided that a second program would start in October 2013 and would have a credit line facility of 75 million euros which will be available to use for companies, public institutions and municipalities in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia.

The program can secure up to 2 million euros for private companies and up to 2.5 million for municipalities. The applicants must pertain to certain conditions in order to get the funds. If the purpose of the application is to modernize outdated technologies, it must guarantee that the energy consumption or CO2 emissions will be lowered by 20%. If the applicants want to modernize their buildings then they must guarantee that the buildings will be 30% more efficient. The grants for the companies are from 5 up to 10%, while for the municipalities 10 to 20%.

The partner banks unclude: Raiffeisen Bank, UniCredit Bank from BiH, Zagrebacka Banka, Erste Bank, PBZ from Croatia, Banca Intesa, Komercijalna Banka from Serbia, Ohridska Banka, NLB Tutunska Banka from Macedonia.

According to WeBSEFF’s official website around 11 million euros have been used from the investment fund in Macedonia. The main purpose of their utilization are energy efficient and renewable energy projects. The majority of these funds have been used in Skopje.