For all the organizations and experts in the sector, reducing this high consumption, lowering its economic cost and achieving greater sustainability will only be possible if the energy rehabilitation of a building stock that is already very obsolete is addressed.
And it is that almost 80% of Catalan buildings are built before 1987, the year of the first regulations on thermal insulation, and more than 92% of existing homes and buildings do not include any type of renewable energy generation.
To solve this serious problem, we can turn to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan for the development of the Next Generation EU European recovery funds, which has set itself, as one of its main objectives, the activation of the rehabilitation sector to achieve a sustainable renovation of existing housing stocks.
Thus, these funds will allocate a total of 480 million euros to Catalonia, which will be distributed in programs and subsidies that will allow the improvement of neighbourhoods, buildings and homes, as well as the creation of rehabilitation offices and the writing of the books of the existing buildings.
Within the framework of this plan, it is estimated that before December 2023 a total of 1,500 buildings can be rehabilitated, corresponding to approximately 22,750 homes and, before the end of 2026, 65,000.
Property owners can access these European grants through Property Administrators, who have the support of the Technical Office for Rehabilitation of Catalonia (OTRC) in this process.
This is an initiative of the Council of Territorial Associations of Property Administrators of Catalonia who, in agreement with the Catalan Housing Agency (AHC), have created this technical rehabilitation office to manage European funds Next Generation .
The objective is to coordinate, inform and facilitate the management of aid and the provision of services, which contribute to facilitating the implementation and comprehensive management of energy rehabilitation projects in the residential area, at the service of citizens and particularly of the communities of owners.
In addition, a fifth line of action has been set for society: a communication plan to spread the benefits of energy rehabilitation and pave the way for them to benefit from European subsidies.
The recipients of the European Next Generation Funds are the owners or usufructuaries of isolated single-family homes, row houses and multi-family residential buildings, as well as the homes that comprise them, in addition to the communities of owners.
Buildings that want to carry out eligible actions must have the Technical Inspection of the building (ITE) prior to the actions to be carried out and the energy efficiency certificate (CEE).
More information: 93 451 02 02 / https://otrc.consellcaf.cat/