Energy renovation in social housing: the RELS project develops a common Mediterranean model

Most of the homes built in Mediterranean countries during the last 50 years are thirsting for energy: it is estimated that electricity used in residential buildings accounts for 30% of total energy consumption in the Mediterranean.

Introducing energy efficiency measures and renewable energy solutions in our homes can drastically decrease the quantity of fossil fuels that is burned to generate electricity and causes emissions of greenhouse gases.

The RELS project seeks to improve energy performance in social dwellings. A model for energy renovation - which includes a common methodology for audit, measure selection, implementation and performance validation - was developed by the partners and tested in 7 pilot buildings located in Tunisia, Italy and Spain. Works carried out on selected buildings concern thermal insulation (replacement of windows and better external walls insulation for instance), installation of photovoltaic panels or use of LED/CFL light bulbs. Overall, efficiency measures are expected to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and energy consumption in pilot buildings by 20%.

The tools and results of the RELS project will be presented on 28th of July during a training seminar to take place in Madaba, Jordan. Besides project partners, the event will be contributed by experts of the energy efficiency sector from Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq and Egypt.

By encouraging better efficiency in the housing stock of the Mediterranean area, partners of the RELS project hopes that energy savings will begin at home.

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Cristina Cardenete Suriol
Housing Agency of Catalonia
Tel.: 0034 932 287 239 (ext 8002)