Cíclica and Green Building Council Spain (GBCe) launch the PAS-E · Building Passport, an instrument for the deep renovation by steps that can be downloaded at www.pas-e.eu. This is a community accompaniment plan and a building renovation plan, which translates into a roadmap that sets out a sequence of interventions to be performed that are tailored to the needs of the people. It includes practical examples and directions for addressing the legislative, operational, financial and social frameworks.
This tool aims to accelerate the energy renovation of buildings, in accordance with Directive (EU) 2018/844 on energy efficiency, which requires the complete decarbonization of the European Union’s built park by 2050 and a rate of integral rehabilitation of residential park of 3% annual until this date.
The directive is part of the set of policy proposals of the Green Deal or European Green Pact, promoted by the European Commission. Specific measures include the implementation of a community-level building passport system. Apart from in-depth study of this proposal, for the publication of the PAS-E · Building Passport, initiatives and benchmark experiences in various European states, such as Germany, France or the Netherlands, have also been studied , among others.
The PAS-E proposal responds to the requests and demands of various industry experts who believe that to stimulate renovation, it is necessary to develop new high-quality, useful and reliable technical instruments. Integrating the different tools and seals that exist, such as the Energy Efficiency Certificate, the Building Book or the Building Evaluation Report, should allow the establishment of specific goals for the quality of the park built over a period of time defined and facilitate, encourage and fund the actions necessary to achieve them. The Building Passport is the European answer to this need, as a new generation regulatory instrument.
Towards rehabilitation: better quality of life and less environmental impact
The PAS-E · Passport of the building is an instrument created to accompany each community of neighbors throughout the process of renovation of their building. It encompasses five phases: diagnosis, planning, commitment, execution and assessment.
Its ultimate goal is to increase the quality of renovated buildings with a general view, in order to improve living conditions and reduce the environmental impact throughout their cycle. It is, therefore, an individualized plan for each single-family or multi-family building that holistically considers the three areas related to the improvement of habitability: the technical quality of the building systems and facilities, the functional quality of the homes and efficiency in the use of resources, especially energy and water.
“The intention is not to provide a perfectly defined model, such as opening a national-level debate on the opportunity to leverage the European momentum to accelerate urban regeneration in Spain, which is the second strategic objective of the Spanish Urban Agenda. In the coming months, we will continue to work in this regard“, says Dolores Huerta, GBCe’s technical secretary. That is why the Passport is aimed at all agents in the construction sector, from the administration and the industry, to the users and owners of the real estate.
For his part, Joaquim Arcas, President of Cíclica, recalls that “activating the renovation sector is key, but it is certainly up to us to develop the measures and instruments needed to accelerate the transition. Hence the importance of having a tool like the PAS-E · Building Passport”.
Building passport support network
The initiative of the Building Passport in Spain is supported by institutions, companies and professionals belonging to or with strong links to the building sector. Together, they form the support network on which to begin the participative process of defining and implementing this new instrument. “Only through the collaboration and consensus between all the agents is it possible to come up with a useful and effective building passport model that will allow urban regeneration to come to fruition in terms of quality of life and sustainability”, concludes Arcas.
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