The Region of Basque
Department of Housing, Public Works and Transport
The policy of the Basque Government Department of Housing, Public Works and Transport is to help find solutions for the problems of access to housing that exist in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.
The main strategic lines of the Department are:
- an increase in the supply of price-capped housing
- a reinforcement of rental policies
- a recovery and valorising of empty housing
- an intervention in rundown areas
- a clampdown on fraud and strict control of quality and sustainability in building
In regard to this last point of quality and sustainability in building, successive master plans for housing have factored in the objectives and undertakings of the Basque Environmental Strategy for Sustainable Development (2002-2020). Thus, in recent years, the Basque Government Department of Housing has encouraged actions based on energy efficiency.
The Department of Housing acts through its Directorate for Housing, Innovation and Control as a direct developer of price capped housing for rental. An energy classification of at least level B has been required in these developments since the Royal Decree 47/2007 came into effect.
These developments enable the Department to implement a number of experimental measures and thus to draw conclusions concerning possible bases for future regulations and simply to learn ”other ways of doing things”.
Work is currently ongoing along the following lines:
- Attempts to reduce the energy demand in our buildings through good construction practices with better insulation, solar gain and other bioclimatic architecture measures.
- Seeking to maximise energy efficiency in climate control systems.
- Use of renewable energy sources such as geothermal and solar photovoltaic energy so as to avoid all use of combustion in meeting heating and hot water requirements.
- Proving that it is possible to construct buildings that actually generate energy.
- Experimental application of sound insulation parameters in line with the basic demands for protection against noise laid down in the recently approved Technical Building Code.
Contact persons with regard to Buildsmart:
Mercedes Fernández Urcey