Energy efficiency in the residential sector

Integrated refurbishment: Madrid City Council’s commitment

During 2014, in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, out of its 239 newly-constructed buildings, 116 achieved energy certification C. However 43 have D and 15 are rated as E, with just 11 obtaining certification A and 54 rated with B. This information is according to the January 2015 report, updated on 31 December 2014, issued by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism regarding the energy certification of buildings.

These figures speak for themselves of the need for awareness, especially on the part of citizens that need to make it clear that they do not want to continue purchasing energy drains. Buyers have to be aware that the mortgage on their home is amortised over X years and paid off, however the energy mortgage in the form of energy bills, continues right up to the last day of the life of the building, and increases as both the installations and the building degenerate, as well as from the increase in the cost of fuel itself.

It is apparent that in terms of energy efficiency there is still much work to be done. It is sad that, with less than 5 years to go until the European Directive requires the implementation of nearly-zero energy consumption buildings, new buildings are still being constructed that do not achieve more than a D or E energy certification. A golden opportunity is being missed to attain this necessary saving in energy and emissions by the ongoing construction of inefficient buildings. Read more…

Pilar Pereda
Architect, Adviser to the Sustainable Urban Development Department at the Madrid City Hall

Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2015