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Hello Paul, 
Good to hear from Mongolia. You may have been the #1 person that beat my
#2 position in applying for UNDP International Advisor. Unfortunately my
expertise does not include energy research. I will look forward a future
time when you talk about your Mongolian experience. 
 
Give my regards to Gordon Johnson. I believe I got a telephone message from
him about this request before I headed to the East Coast last month. He only
gave his name, not connecting himself with Mongolia and I didn't have the
time to figure out who he was and what it was all about. 
 
Best wishes, 
 
Chris  
 
Paul Lacinski wrote: 
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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 <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:strawhouse@magicnet.mn";>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>     </x-tab><x-tab>        </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 
 </font><font face="Arial" size="-1" color="#000000">  
   
  </font><font face="Times New Roman" 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....' 
  
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 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> 
  </x-tab> </b></font>
 
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 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">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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