It is calculated that currently 75% of European buildings are inefficient; i.e. that the majority of the power they consume is wasted. We can therefore state that there is considerable room for improvement on the energy performance front. Hence, institutions on all levels have recently been making huge efforts in green building schemes.

The boost in green buidling has implied the launch of a new construction paradigm that produces social, financial and, of course, environmental benefits. In turn, the continuous innovation processes to build high energy performance buildings produces better quality architectural techniques and the creation of jobs for qualified professionals.

All of this highlights the need for institutional backing through schemes to encourage the construction and purchase of energy-efficient buildings. In this post, we are going to go over the main green building schemes in Europe and in Spain.   

Green building schemes in the European Union

Because it is the highest-ranking body in political and legislative matters, Member States must incorporate its directives.  The European Energy Efficiency Directive set the targets that should be included in their national legislation. The main ones are itemised below:

  • Total decarbonisation of the European building stock by 2050.
  • Promotion of employment of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for Smart energy usage.
  • Enhancement of long-term building renovation
  • Stimulation of public and private investment in sustainable (green) buildings.
  • Reduction in household energy spending.

All the foregoing measures aim to cut individual consumption in buildings in Europe, which current accounts for 36% of total CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

European green building schemes are set forth in mandatory Directives for Member States.

Green building schemes in Spain

In order to comply with European energy efficiency targets, Spain has implemented different legislative initiatives containing specific measures. Firstly, amendments have been introduced into the Technical Building Code, the regulation that stipulates how construction processes must be carried out.

This reform includes the creation of a Basic Energy Saving Document, the main purpose of which is to achieve a 40% decrease in buildings’ energy consumption. Furthermore, the regulations require that part of this consumption come from renewable energy sources. To achieve these goals, the document specifies a series of requirements that must be met in construction for buildings to be considered sustainable or green:

  • Control of the demand for energy by a thermal shell that limits the building’s needs.
  • Constraints on energy consumption depending on the geographical area and the use to which the building is put.  
  • Breakdown of the conditions of the thermal installations for attaining thermal comfort inside the building.
  • Fitting lighting appropriate to the users’ needs, using control systems that ensure it is efficient.
  • The minimum proportion of renewable energy should at least cover domestic hot water requirements.
  • Minimum level of electricity produced using their own renewable energy sources in the cases of high energy-consuming buildings.

Alternatively, The National Housing Plan 2018/2021 includes different measures to foster sustainability. On this issue, its main objective is to improve buildings’ energy efficiency, their universal accessibility and their eco-friendliness.

Benefits of green building

Green building not only represents a great step forward on the environmental front, but it also produces a significant financial yield. Experts in the real estate sector indicate that this type of construction enhances the value of properties in Spain by around 20%.  

Currently, the majority of efficient buildings in Spain are situated in large cities like Madrid or Barcelona, although it is true that the implementation of green building schemes is contributing to changing this situation, extending it to other geographical locations.

For all the reasons discussed above, sustainability is a primordial factor in AEDAS Homes developments. Our commitment to the environment has led us to include the latest innovations in construction techniques and materials in order to achieve nearly zero-energy buildings, like the ones we are offering in Escalonia III (Las Rozas) or in Soul Marbella (Marbella). We thus attain energy savings which are also financially advantageous for the end user. Fill out this form to obtain further information on Escalonia III, your new green home with a rainwater recovery system, radiant underfloor heating and much, much more.