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Hi all, 
 
Some of you know that I am currently working as an advisor to a UNDP
energy-efficient housing project in Mongolia.  A large percentage
of the project's energy is going into straw bale construction, as
bales are one of the only insulation materials that people in Mongolia
can actually afford.  The project is currently seeking a person
to lead the design and implementation of a study of energy efficient
building methods in Mongolia.  The idea is to generate hard data
about how much energy can be saved, in order to help convince
Mongolians to invest their very limited funds in energy efficient
houses, and to help convince international agencies to fund the
development of the energy efficiency sector in Mongolia. 

I've included the job posting, below.  Please feel free to
pass it along to anyone with a background in energy research. 
This is a more important criteria than familiarity with straw bale
construction.  You can contact me with questions, or send a CV
directly to the project office at strawhouse@...
 
Thanks, 

Paul
 
 
 
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</font><font face="Times" color="#000000"><b>____TERMS OF
REFERENCE___ 
 
</b></font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"><b>Job Title:</b><x-tab>    
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</x-tab>Energy Efficiency Research Consultant (EERC) 
<b>Location:<x-tab>  
</x-tab></b><x-tab>       
</x-tab>Ulaanbaatar and provinces 
<b>Duration:</b><x-tab>     
</x-tab><x-tab>        </x-tab>Four
(4) work-months between 01 December 2002 to 01 April 2004  
<b>Project:</b><x-tab> </x-tab>'Commercialization of Super-insulated
Buildings in Mongolia' (MON/99/G35) 
<b>Supervisor:</b><x-tab>    </x-tab>National Project
Coordinator of EEH-MON/99/G35 
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color="#000000"><b>Background: 
</b></font><font face="Arial" size="-1" color="#000000">  
</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3" color="#000000">Mongolia
is among the coldest countries on Earth.  Its capital- Ulaan
Baatar- is the coldest national capital on the planet. Because of the
extreme continental climate, families living in the gher (traditional
felt shelter) and private houses have no choice but to spend a large
percentage of their income on heating fuel.  The fuel is
typically a low quality coal, burned in inefficient stoves to heat
poorly insulated houses.  This combination results in serious
localized air pollution in Mongolia's population centers, while also
making a contribution to the increase in greenhouse gases, and climate
change. 
 
In 1993, Mongolia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) whose ultimate objective is to achieve
stabilization of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere
at a level that would prevent dangerous human interference with the
climate system.  In order to meet the requirement of the UNFCCC,
the Government of Mongolia is implementing the following projects:
'Provision of Energy-Efficient Social Services' (will be closed at
the end of 2002) and    'Commercialization of
Super-Insulated Buildings in Mongolia' (MON/99/G35).  These
projects aim to protect the environment by creating well-insulated new
and retrofitted houses that substantially reduce fuel use, and thereby
reduce CO2 emissions that result from burning coal and wood for
heating in Mongolia. 
 
The UNDP / Government of Norway and the Global Environmental Facility
(GEF) are providing financial and technical support in order to
realize the objectives of the above projects. One of the main
activities of the MON/99/G35 project is: '...conducting complex
research (energy-efficiency, economic benefit and environmental impact
assessments) and testing in the newly built straw bale houses and
refurbished houses and use the results for awareness raising and
advocacy purposes....' 
 
</font><font face="Arial" size="-1"
color="#000000"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"><b>The project is to hire an international consultant
in order to accomplish the above research. The purpose of the research
is threefold: (i) To compile a concrete and scientifically
quantifiable report as to exactly how much energy, and hence carbon
emissions, is saved by various types of energy efficient construction
and renovation accomplished under the PEESS and EEH projects. This
report should meet international standards for such work.  The
report will be used (ii) domestically for training and educational
purposes, and to foster wide duplication of energy-efficient
construction techniques; and (iii) internationally, as a primary tool
for attracting industrialized countries to finance the construction of
energy-efficient buildings in Mongolia under the Clean Development
Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol., which allows industrialized
countries to meet their own emissions targets by assisting developing
countries in cutting gas emissions.<x-tab>
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<font face="Arial" size="-1" color="#000000"> </font><font
face="Times New Roman" size="-3" color="#000000"><b>   
Qualifications: 
 
</b></font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> University degree in relevant field- energy
management, mechanical or civil engineering, etc. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Experience in cold-climate energy research,
especially in the field of energy efficient buildings. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Experience with donor-assisted international
projects, preferably in Asia and/or in transitional economies. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Experience or familiarity with principles of the
UNFCCC and the mechanisms introduced by the Kyoto Protocol. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Experience with UNDP/Global Environment Facility
(GEF) energy-efficiency and carbon emission trading projects is
preferred. 
 
 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Skills in making environmental and cost-benefit
analysis and preparing high quality research reports and making public
presentations. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> In-depth knowledge of straw bale building and other
energy-efficient construction techniques and principles, and
international best practices. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Fluency in English and excellent writing and computer
skills. 
</font><font face="Courier New" size="-3"
color="#000000">o</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000"> Willingness to travel extensively within Mongolia in
cold seasons. 
 
<b>Scope of Work: 
 
</b>Under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator
of the EEH-MON/99/G35 project, the Energy Efficiency Research
Consultant will accomplish the following tasks:<u>  
 
</u>1) Develop the energy-efficiency research program, including
methodologies and procedures for energy monitoring, in co-operation
with the project implementing agency and UNDP. 
2) Identify a national consultant/firm to facilitate monitoring and
analyzing energy consumption in SB and refurbished houses as well as
control houses made from wood, brick, etc. 
3) In cooperation with national co-workers and Energy Conservation
Centers, conduct monitoring program over winters of 2002-03 and
2003-04. 
4) Analyze the data collected and calculate the actual energy usage in
straw bale houses, refurbished houses and the existing conventional
houses. 
5) Based on the calculated energy savings as well as expenses, analyze
costs versus benefits of SB and refurbished houses. 
6) Based on the calculated energy savings, analyze the potential
environmental benefits of energy conservation measures in the housing
sector. 
7) Review and comment on recently developed guidelines for
refurbishing existing houses with insulating materials, improved
windows and doors, and improved heating stoves. 
8) Review and comment on the recently developed university curriculum
for energy conservation in the construction sector in Mongolia. 
9) Present the findings of the energy-efficiency research at national
seminars and workshops organized by the project. 
10) Based on the findings and research data, prepare an
internationally acceptable report. 
11) Develop guidelines for establishing an 'energy efficiency
criteria' to be introduced into the National Housing Program. 
12) Develop a recommendation for the Government of Mongolia to look
for possibilities in mobilizing resources through the Clean
Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. 
 
</font><font face="Arial" size="-1"
color="#000000"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="-3"
color="#000000">The consultant should work closely with related
projects in Mongolia, such as: the Housing Finance Project of the
Asian Development Bank, PEESS-MON/97/301 project, the Mongolian branch
of Habitat for Humanity International, the Improved Household Stoves
Project (supported by the World Bank), the National University for
Science and Technology. 
 
<b>Timing and Budget: 
 
</b>This research will be conducted during the winters of 2002-03 and
2003-04.</font> 
<font face="Times New Roman" size="-3" color="#000000"></font>
<font face="Times New Roman" size="-3" color="#000000">Cost for
the work to be determined upon selection of the Energy Efficiency
Research Consultant.</font> 
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Paul Lacinski 
Amy Klippenstein 
GreenSpace Collaborative 
Sidehill Farm 
PO Box 107 
463 Main St. 
Ashfield, MA 01330 USA 
01-413-628-3800
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