New construction standards, developed in close cooperation with experts and coming into force this fall, will allow to rehabilitate the street networks in Ukrainian cities and make urban infrastructure comfortable. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.
"Everyone noticed that we live in the 21st century, real estate costs a fortune, but they build everything that looks like old. We have taken a decision on new standards, there are new orders by the Ministry of Regional Development (Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine), for residential and non-residential objects", stressed Volodymyr Groysman. "We will oversee the introduction of these new norms into beautiful aesthetical comfortable architecture in the cities. Norms for infrastructure projects will serve Ukrainians and will be comfortable. This is in line with European practices."
In March 2018, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman commissioned to immediately elaborate changes to the existing building standards aimed to cancel outdated requirements and to implement international standards. The initiative was delivered during a meeting of the Head of Government with entrepreneurs and architects.
By that time, 180 construction norms were considered valid in Ukraine, of which 109 were state standards. The provisions of some of them were outdated and required the introduction of international standards, cutting-edge technologies and the elimination of corruption risks. Revision of construction norms would allow to abandon unnecessary regulatory procedures and promote the development of entrepreneurship in urban planning.
As the Prime Minister noted, modern world standards in construction are different from those in force in Ukraine. And the rapid adaptation of construction sector to European norms is long overdue. "With correlative prices of construction in Europe and the US, we see a completely different architecture in Ukraine. I am rather determined. It is crucial to find out what changes we can launch at once, what requires a more depth work. It’s not an option to delay", emphasized the Prime Minister.
Among the innovations introduced are "a blue line" restricting height of buildings, "a green line" regulating construction in green areas and "a yellow line" restricting the height of buildings near main roads and highways for safe evacuation. Particular attention is paid to the safety of streets and roads in cities in accordance with the requirements of European laws. It is about enhancing the safety of pedestrians while crossing roadways, safety barriers on public transport stops, and so on. A mandatory issue is the extension of the provision for the mandatory barrier-free access. This applies not only to people with special needs, but also, for example, young mothers, elderly people and other citizens.