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ELIH MED Valencia Energy Efficiency Pilot project

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ELIH-MED Project focuses on energy efficiency in low-income housing in the Mediterranean area in the context of the objectives of the EU 2020. The target population of the project are low-income tenants and homeowners suffering energy poverty and whose homes account for about 40% of the total housing stock in Europe. This population is considered difficult to reach through traditional public policy, so innovative technical and financial approaches are required in order to help them reduce their energy consumption. The project focuses on identifying and testing the feasibility of cost efficient technical solutions and innovative financial mechanisms, which could then be extrapolated to other Mediterranean territories.

IVE PILOT ACTION IVE pilot actions focus on improving two apartment buildings built around the seventies, with significant energy deficiencies, located in the expansion areas of the city of Valencia. Each building has 28 homes, occupied by retired people by 70-80%. The proposed renovation focuses on improving the thermal envelope (roofs, walls and windows) and some aspects of the lighting of the common areas and of the elevator (detectors and LEDs). The work started in September 2013 and was completed in June 2014. The result of this energy intervention is a 40% savings of consumption energy. As a result, residents of these buildings will see this change reflected in a reduction of their energy bills, as well as in the improvement of their quality of life mainly due to the newly installed thermal insulation which will increase its acoustic and thermal comfort.

Acronym of the case

ELIHMED VALENCIA PILOT

Lessons learnt

ELIH-MED Experience indicates that feedback information on energy consumption promotes energy savings in households. To promote energy savings when a building retrofit is undertaken, an awareness campaign should be designed to fix and obtain the fulfillment of two fundamental objectives: present information and feedback to adequately increase and maintain the users’ motivation. At the local level, the provision of information on an ongoing basis is essential too and this information should be adapted to the language of the recipient. The information provided should involve feedback to capture consumer attention and should link specific actions to their effects. An awareness campaign on this scale causes users to begin reading their bills more frequently and also in having more understanding this should, in effect, improve their behavior related to the energy consumption. Actions to involve the consumers in the renovation process should exist, so they feel part of it. Moreover, the developed tools should be linked to the capabilities of users (in the case presented, the internet access was poor). Finally, and of great importance, establishing a close and trusting relationship with users is needed in order for them to be able to express their questions and concerns freely.

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Start date - End date

sobota, 14 Wrzesień, 2013 do poniedziałek, 30 Czerwiec, 2014

Operational date

wtorek, 1 Lipiec, 2014