New financial aid for energy renovations in buildingsA new call for subsidy and grant applications for renovations in buildings that improve energy efficiency or promote the production of renewable energies. This is a strategic policy for enabling the transition towards energy sovereignty and for reducing and adapting to climate change
Energy renovations in buildings include improvements carried out to increase energy efficiency — work on facades, courtyards, roofs, party walls, stairs and halls in buildings that make life more comfortable for residents and help to reduce energy demand —, and to produce solar energy.
The call for grant and subsidy applications for common element renovations in the housing pool boasts a budget of close to 14.4 million euros, which could pay for up to 50% of the work, depending on the initiatives carried out. In addition, where active solar-energy facilities are incorporated in such renovations, then their grants and subsidies could be supplemented with tax relief for half of the Property Tax bills for the first 3 years following the installation.
The number of efficiency initiatives carried out in 2017 grew by 200%, with energy generation playing a notable part. Such work is estimated to have represented savings equivalent to the energy consumption of 780 families for one year and will enable the generation of the energy necessary for supplying 120 families.
The grants and subsidies can be applied for at, by requesting an appointment in advance through the habitatge.barcelona website, or at the Municipal Institute of Urban Landscape . The deadline is 30 November 2018.
A more energy-efficient city
Residential-use buildings alone, most of which were built in the 1960s, before there were any heating regulations for buildings, are responsible for 28% of the city’s total energy consumption. It is estimated that over 90% of the city’s dwellings would be eligible for improving their energy efficiency, thereby cutting family and business expenditure and helping to reduce the effects of climate change.
What is more, the energy-renovation policy also helps with the recovery and reflation of professional profiles linked to the construction industry, and with providing professional skills for energy advice.
This energy-renovation strategy is part of the Energy-Sovereignty Transition Strategy and the Climate Plan, which provides for the renovation of 20% of residential buildings over the age of forty years from now to 2030.