In 1996, a Pilot Panel Programme (PPP) was launched to improve the thermal insulation of buildings. The first phase of the PPP aimed at improving the thermal performance of almost 5 000 apartment blocks. The Central Environmental Fund provides almost Ft 60 000 in grants to upgrade the insulation of each individual dwelling. The average payback time of the investment is less than ten years. The pilot programme is managed by the Hungarian Foundation of Enterprises Development. The association of producers and sales representatives of insulation materials and technologies are also involved in the projects implementation. After evaluation of experiences gained in 1997, the programme is expected to be extended. Current status?