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How does energy rehabilitation benefit our health?
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.
June 14, 2019 - 14:13
Energy and health. Presentation of the study “Impact of the energy rehabilitation of residential buildings on health”
The study, which was promoted by IREC (the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research), shows the potential financial savings that could be gained by the health system as a result of energy rehabilitation actions in vulnerable housing. The article, entitled "Health and related economic effects of residential energy retrofitting in Spain", was published in Energy Policy magazine.
Barcelona City Council takes part in the presentation of the study “Impact of energy rehabilitation on health”, which will take place next Tuesday, 18 June at 6.30 pm at the function room of the Architects’ Association (COAC) building.
Cristina Castells, from the Department of Energy and Environmental Quality, will take part in the session to explain the importance of energy rehabilitation for the achievement of comfort and habitability levels.
The study, which was promoted by IREC (the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research), shows the potential financial savings that could be gained by the health system as a result of energy rehabilitation actions in vulnerable housing. The article, entitled “Health and related economic effects of residential energy retrofitting in Spain”, was published in Energy Policy magazine.
These savings would result in improved health conditions in these homes, with a reduction in healthcare costs, including both medication expenses and the cost of sick leave, taking into account that the number of households with at least one member who is ill can be reduced by 15%.
The benefits of energy rehabilitation – also in terms of health – provide added value to both occupants and the healthcare system and constitute positive arguments for promoting the renovation of the housing stock.