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Energy Improvement Plan for Municipal Buildings
Barcelona City Council, through the Barcelona Energy Agency (AEB) and the i.lab programme, with the support of the BIT Habitat Foundation, have launched the challenge entitled "Energy-generating floors: how can we incorporate local renewable energy generation into the city's floor surfaces and pavements?" with the aim of finding potential solutions for the local generation of renewable energy in floors and studying the feasibility of implementing them in Barcelona’s streets, squares and access roads.
With this goal in mind, we are looking for solutions to pilot test the generation of renewable energy in the city’s floor surfaces and pavements and assess the results over a six-month period.
Consumption in municipal buildings and facilities represents around 50% of the total municipal energy expenditure. It is therefore crucially important to take action at these facilities and save on energy and emissions. At the same time, initiatives in municipal buildings are a key tool for promoting energy-saving and efficiency measures, given the exemplary role they play before the public.
These measures are coordinated under the Municipal Building Energy Improvement Plan (PEMEEM), which aims to save energy and install renewable energies in municipal facilities, while positioning Barcelona City Council as a highly sustainable local authority when it comes to managing its own facilities.
The energy-saving and efficiency measures proposed for municipal buildings are divided up into the following areas:
- Heating and air-conditioning systems.
- Lighting systems.
- Thermal envelope (insulation in façades and roofs).
- Electrical systems.
- Water saving.
- Office automation and communication systems.
- Energy monitoring and management systems.