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POWER HOUSE EUROPE: Consorzio Nazionale CasaQualità organised a Study Visit to Barcelona to see social housing projects

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Consorzio Nazionale CasaQualità organised a two day Study Visit to see energy efficient social housing projects in Barcelona, 29-30 September 2011.

The program included the following visits:

  • Study visit n°1 - New housing development “La Clota” of 24 social dwellings located on Còrdova Street in Cerdanyola del Vallès (20 Km. far from Barcelona)
  • Study visit n°2 - Retrofitting of multifamily High-rise buildings located on Can Jofresa Neighborhood in Terrassa (20 Km. far from Barcelona)
  •  Study visit n°3 - New housing development of 32 social dwellings located on Corcega Street in Barcelona

These study-visits brought together more than 35 managing directors and technicians of housing cooperatives from Italy and representatives of Municipal/Regional housing organisations in Catalania. Both Mediterranean countries, Spain and Italy are facing very similar problems related to the bad condition of housing stock built between 1965- 1990 in the climatic and technical context. With these study visits the Italian Social Housing managers had an important chance to exchange information and learn together about good practical experiences with energy efficient housing refurbishment and new constructions in Barcelona.

Interesting comments from participants emerged during the exchange on technical features, transferability, comparison with developments within their organizations, difficulty of transferring technologies and techniques to refurbishment and new housing development.

At the end of the study-visits, a workshop was organised between Italian housing co-ops managers and representatives of Municipal/Regional housing organisations in Catalania. On-going European co-financed projects such as IRH-MED, ICE-WISH, ESESH and MARIE projects were presented and discussed by participants. A mutual agreement has been reached between Federabitazione-CasaQualità and Department of Territory and Sustainability Generalitat of Catalonia to develop common initiatives to boost energy efficiency in social housing in the MED area.

The study visits were organized by Consorzio Nazionale CasaQualità in the framework of the POWER HOUSE EUROPE project, with the support of Department of Territory and Sustainability Generalitat of Catalonia, AVS and Cecodhas Housing Europe.


Please see the additional documents below:  


  • The report of the visits
  • The programme of the event

For further information, please contact Mr Giancarlo Tofanelli, Managing Director of CasaQualità, at