We find ourselves at a time in which residents are increasingly more demanding of their cities and those in government. Immediacy, efficiency, proximity, information and innovation are just some of the main demands that citizens require of the public administration. In response, the Smart City has emerged, a concept applied to those cities that use innovation and new technologies to improve the quality of life of its residents through responsible and sustainable management. Among the host of issues that concern residents, their house is their most important physical asset. Consequently, everything relating to its quality (materials, functionality, security, consumption, maintenance…) acquires the same level of importance. As such, it is logical to consider building quality as being an indicator of the quality of life in the cities.
At global level, buildings are responsible for 40% of annual energy consumption and for up to 30% of total greenhouse gases relating to energy. Spanish homes consume 17% of all final energy and 25% of electricity.
The construction sector is responsible for one third of the consumption of the human race, including 12% of total freshwater consumption and produces 40% of our solid waste. This is why improved energy efficiency in this sector is seen as a priority measure for reducing both energy dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.
José Vicente Valdenebro García, Architect,
Municipal Manager, Pamplona City Council
Member of the RECI Technical Committee
Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2015