Identification of the energy renovation needs of the residential park in the Barcelona metropolitan area, in order to generate priority criteria when developing impulse instruments


Authorship: Cíclica [space·community·ecology] Escola d’Arquitectura del Vallès. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Energea

Coordinators:Joaquim Arcas-Abella | Cíclica [space·community·ecology], Albert Cuchí Burgos | Escola d’Arquitectura del Vallès. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Members of Cíclica: Ander Bilbao Figuero, Paul Charbonneau Cayuela, Adrià Martin Vilaseca, Ariadna Conesa Buscallà, Adriana Castrillo Alvera, Teresa Monzó Fita, Martí Buldó Ibáñez, Pol Rodríguez Cucurella, Victor Rufart Gimeno

Partners:Anna Pagès-Ramon | Escola d’Arquitectura del Vallès. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Andrea Romero Gutiérrez | Escola d’Arquitectura del Vallès. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Laura Garcia Garcia | Energea

Promotor: Metropolitan Housing Consortium (CMH-AMB)

Project year: 2018


The project was commissioned by the Metropolitan Housing Consortium (CMH-AMB) in view of the need to substantiate a request for financial support from the European Investment Bank and to prioritise the actions to be carried out subsequently in the areas declared to be the most vulnerable from various points of view.


The main objective is to establish a system of guidelines that will make it possible to prioritize the intervention of energy rehabilitation in an area of special vulnerability, according to different points of view to be agreed upon.


The methodology used allows for the joint analysis of the 204,394 dwellings that make up the scope of the study. The work is structured in 5 phases: the first 4 make up the statistically rigorous diagnosis of the residential park by processing cadastral data, energy simulation on an urban scale based on ISO 52016-1:2017 and the contribution of own data relating to the constructive and thermal properties of the different elements. The last phase, of a propositional nature and conceptual relevance, informs about the guidelines for prioritizing energy renovation interventions based on 3 criteria agreed upon with the CMH-AMB: energy vulnerability, economic vulnerability and efficiency of the intervention.


The results of the study, in database, viewer and report format, are grouped into 3 levels according to their level of complexity and relevance

  1. Diagnostic indicators of the housing stock:
    • Architectural Clustering,
    • 3 indicators of thermal behaviour,
    • 3 indicators of energy demand,
    • 5 indicators of energy consumption,
    • 7 economic indicators.
  2. System of prioritization criteria by census section:
    • 4 energy criteria,
    • 7 economic criteria,
    • 2 cross-cutting criteria.
  3. System of prioritization of interventions by census section:
    • ¿Where to intervene if energy vulnerability is prioritized?
    • ¿Where to intervene if economic vulnerability is prioritized?
    • ¿Where to intervene if the effectiveness of the intervention is prioritized?


Previous reference study
Indicadores para la determinación de áreas urbanas de atención especial 


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