Spanish buildings are among the worst in the EU in terms of energy efficiency. Now his government promises to renovate half a million homes by 2026 to help achieve its green goals.
Buildings are a problem for energy efficiency in Spain. The country is one of the worst in the European Union at rehabilitating and upgrading its existing facilities and rapid changes are needed to achieve the Green Deal goals and help protect the planet.
As Bruno Sauer, general director of the Green Building Council of Spain, said: “We have to renew the buildings, we have to improve them because they were built in a time, from the fifties, sixties to the eighties or nineties, when there was no technology and very advanced quality.”
The Spanish government has proposed to renovate more than half a million homes by 2026 out of a total of 25 million in the country. However, there is also a need to improve the efficiency of non-residential buildings.
Spain has budgeted 6.8 billion euros of EU Next Generation funds for the rehabilitation of buildings. But other factors intervene in achieving this objective.
“Right now we have regulations and standards, we have funding from Europe, so those two measures are in place. Now we need to create demand in a very short time and encourage people who want to improve their homes, and combine the three measures,” Sauer said.
Brussels has also made aid subject to conditions such as reducing dependence on non-renewable energy sources and good waste management.