Commitment to energy efficiency

Royal Decree 233/2013, regulating the National Plan for promoting rents, building refurbishments, urban recovery and renewal 2013-2016, is very wide-ranging and covers all issues necessary for a new concept of building, more linked to sustainable development, energy efficiency and the recovery of the building sector by means of bringing urban planning more in line with social and environmental needs.

In its sections covering energy use, support programmes for implementing the Building Evaluation Report (BER) and for the promotion of sustainable cities are measures whose time has come, ignored until now, which point to the importance of the energy factor in building and urban planning, but since they lack objectives, both in energy refurbishment and in energy saving, they view energy more as an information requirement than as a real commitment.

Nevertheless, they represent an instrument which ought to help to make better use of European Union structural funds earmarked for energy efficiency in the forthcoming 2014-2020 period.

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2013