Minstroy and RUSNANO Management Company Signed Agreement on Jointly Promoting Use of Innovative Materials in Construction
The Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector (Minstroy of Russia) and RUSNANO Management Company signed an agreement on cooperation in promoting the use of innovative technologies and materials in the sphere of construction, urban development and architecture. The document makes provisions for the possibility of establishing a permanent working group that includes representatives from Minstroy and RUSNANO. The agreement was signed by the Head of Minstroy, Vladimir Yakushev, and Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.
The parties have agreed to cooperate on defining a strategy for developing effective innovative technologies; to promote the use of innovative materials, and to implement effective manufacturing practices in construction. In addition, both the ministry and the state company will be involved in enhancing normative and technical regulation in the construction industry. With this aim in mind, RUSNANO specialists will become involved in expert reviews when drafting legislation connected with laws on regulation of the urban planning and architecture spheres; and normative and technical regulation in the construction sphere, as well as manufacturing of building materials in various ways such as participating in commission sessions, working groups and reviewing draft documentation.
The Managing Director of Government Relations Projects at RUSNANO Management Company LLC, Timur Kotlyar, notes that despite their obvious advantages, it is difficult for new materials produced by Russian manufacturers to enter the domestic market. Using innovative products requires new standards for their use, and at times changes to construction norms and regulations. “In recent times the share of innovative Russian products bought during government and corporate purchases has increased, for the most part because their cost does not differ greatly from that of traditional goods. Besides, the use of LEDs and motion sensors reduces the consumption of electricity many-fold; new insulating materials and windows lower the expenditure of thermal energy by 25-30%, and increased integrity and reliability of composite materials, nano-dispersed paint, and other decorative elements and materials ensure that renovation / redecoration is required less frequently. Clearly, unless system issues are resolved, increased effectiveness in construction, and the housing and utilities sector is not possible. I hope that together with Minstroy of Russia, we can solve problems in the urban planning policy area and stimulate demand for Russian innovations in construction,” affirms the RUSNANO representative.
RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 95 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia. JSC RUSNANO has profit for the last 4 years.
Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.
Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.