Defining a refurbishment strategy for the existing building stock has been the objective of a range of initiatives over the past year. The Government and the CEOE, the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Associations and the GTR 2014, the Rehabilitation Working Group, have all put forward proposals, not only due to the obligation to comply with the provisions of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive or as an alternative for reactivating the construction sector, but also for the need to reduce the energy costs of buildings in the light of uncertainty surrounding the prices of fossil fuels.
Energy efficiency is going to change the urban environment via technologies that promote the saving of resources, the self-supply of energy via renewable and local resources and the elimination of CO2 emissions. Refurbishment represents releasing most existing buildings from the energy mortgage of a construction that, in its day, did not take into account the cost of the energy. Reducing energy demand represents a competitive advantage.
Reducing energy demand and CO2 emissions is an objective linked to the improved habitability and quality of life of the cities as well as to the energy certification of the buildings that are responsible for 30% of final energy consumption and for one third of CO2 emissions.
Javier García Breva
Expert in Energy Policies and Chairman of N2E
Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2015