Podgorica, 3. March 2011 – The international team of experts on ”green” architecture visited the UN Eco building construction site on the bank of the Morača river in Podgorica. The visit is a part of an international project ”European Retrofit Network” focused on analyzing possibilities of refurbishment of buildings in order to reach greater level of energy efficiency. The project of exploring possibilities of ”green” architecture is a part of the EU funded ”Progress” program, managed by the European Commision, which gathers experts from Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Montenegro.
The representative of Montenegro, architecture professor at the University of Montenegro Dušan Vuksanović emphasized that the team visit to the UN Eco building is of particular value in this phase of the project. ”This project shows us that the energy efficiency is quite reachable, with the support of the institutions, proper legislation and adequate expertise.”

Colin Gleeson from the University of Westminster in London said: ”The UN Eco building in Podgorica is a great concept, an excellent example of the positive use of the large amount of sunny days combined with the use of ground water.”


The findings and conclusions of the current expert team visit to Montenegro will be summarized in the second phase of the project – in May 2011 in Poland.

The UN Shared Eco Premises is a result of a joint collaboration between the Government of Montenegro, Government of Austria, Municipality of the Capital City Podgorica and the United Nations team in the country.

The building is conceptualised using efficient, ecological technology and a modern design that would equally satisfy the Montenegro Government’s commitment to the Ecological State and provide the appropriate joint roof for UN family in Montenegro.

UN Eco building development timeframe:

2003 – The Government of Montenegro generously offered to support the process and the agreement was reached to build a shared UN Eco premises in Montenegro;

2004 – The Municipality of the Capital City committed a valuable piece of land on the bank of the river Moraca and waved all taxes and connection fees;

2006 – A competition for the best architectural design of UN Shared Eco Premises was organised in January 2006 in Innsbruck, Austria, by Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and World University Service (WUS) Austria;

2006 – A Memorandum of Understanding on construction of this building, also known as UN Eco Building, was signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and Austrian Development Agency;

2009 – A tender for construction was issued. The United Nations System in Montenegro contracted an engineering company and selected a group of local engineers, which together with Bureau Fughenschuh, the winning architectural firm, worked on developing detailed architectural and engineering drawings based. The UN-contracted engineering company, King Shaw Associates from UK, provided specialist services in developing the UN Shared Eco Premises idea into the concrete architectural and engineering drawings and plans on which the tender procedure was based;

2012 – The completion of the UN Eco building is expected by the end of the year.