Renovating housing to improve people's well-being
and address the climate crisis
Buildings consume one third of our country's energy and are responsible for 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the climate crisis.
It is not surprising: in Europe more than 70% of buildings are energy inefficient. That is, they waste energy by letting it escape because of inadequate design or materials.
But the energy inefficiency of our homes is not only costing the planet, but also our wallets. Almost 14% of the population of the Canary Islands suffered disproportionate energy costs in 2019.Even after making adjustments to the calculations due to the mildness of our climate.
For years, experts have been warning that the energy efficiency standards and criteria for buildings in the Canary Islands suffer from a serious bias that prevents them from addressing energy poverty, comfort and healthiness of homes in our outermost territory.
This is because the current regulations regarding the energy efficiency of buildings come from Europe and provide specifications that do not correspond to the climate of the archipelago, but focus the concept of energy efficiency on the accumulation of heat and therefore force us to invest, for example, in unnecessary levels of insulation.
Neither the Spanish nor the Canary Islands government has considered this problem when adapting the very flexible European guidelines to the different territories of the State. This must change if the Canary Islands are to move towards decarbonisation and sustainability, as well as greater well-being for households. In this article published in elDiario.es We set out the problem.