Barcelona is a dense and compact city and only has urban land available (there is no developable land where it can grow). This makes it difficult for new houses or flats to be built in it and has caused its housing stock to age: the average age of its buildings are practically 70 years old and only 7 % were constructed after 1980.

Bearing in mind this reality, the City Council has been implementing housing renovation policies for years. Our government measure for regenerating land and housing in Barcelona currently highlights the need for spearheading new energy improvements associated with renovating less efficient buildings so that they reduce their energy demand and, therefore, emissions.

Along these lines the new 2019 subsidy campaign for housing renovation is promoting initiatives concerning energy saving and generation:

  • In order to promote energy generation, the City Council is offering subsidies of up to 60% of the cost of voluntary installation of photovoltaic panels (for producing electricity) and thermal solar panels (for producing sanitary hot water), for both individual and collective projects.
  • In order to reduce the energy consumption of buildings, the City Council is offering subsidies of up to 50% of the cost of initiatives for overall energy improvements (insulation for the entire building envelope) or up to 35% of the cost of partial energy-renovation projects (façades, roofs and terraces, dividing walls and interior courtyards).
  • There are also subsidies for making energy improvements to home interiors (replacing doors and windows, installing solar protection in doors and windows) for family units whose total income does not exceed €25,000 a year.