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Guide to Local Urban Regeneration Strategies

The document, prepared by MITMA and Observatorio Ciudad 3R, was presented at a conference on 1 April and aims to help local Authorities in the drafting of Local Urban Regeneration Strategies and to contribute to the promotion of regeneration in Spain.

The drafting team for this guide included:

  • Patricia Molina Costa – Basque Country – PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (UPM, 2016). She has been coordinating the Integrated Urban Regeneration focus at Tecnalia since 2013. 
  • Isabel Izcue – Navarre – Architect, graduated from the University of Navarre. Master’s Degree in Architectural Heritage Intervention (University of Navarre). Former Area Manager of the company Navarra de Suelo y Vivienda S.A (NASUVINSA). 
  • Paz Sáenz de Jubera Munilla – La Rioja – Architect, graduated from the University of Navarre. Speciality in Regeneration. Planning specialist (INAP). Head of the Town Planning Service of Calahorra Town Council since 2009. 
  • Eulalia Figuerola Ferrer – Catalonia – Architect, expert in sustainability and energy efficiency. Member of GBCE. 

The purpose of this publication is to offer Spanish municipalities methodological tools and specific examples that allow them to put into practice the needs and challenges of urban regeneration in our country.

The document is a wonderful dissemination tool to address the challenge of urban regeneration and renovation, which must tackle the obsolescence of the building stock, its adaptation to climate and demographic change, the improvement of energy efficiency, etc.

Since 2017, Observatorio Ciudad 3R has been promoting research that helps to accelerate the renovation of the entire obsolete Spanish building stock, which produces more than a third of the total CO2 emissions in our country, together with other diffuse sectors: residential, transport, agriculture, waste, fluorinated gases and industry not subject to emissions trading.

Europe has several initiatives that show its commitment to building renovation, such as the Renovation Wave, the New Bauhaus and Directive 2010/31/EU of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings, which establishes the ambitious objective of achieving decarbonised building stock by 2050 and requires all Member States to have a national strategy in place to achieve this objective. Spain has a Long-Term Strategy for Energy Renovation in the Building Sector in Spain (ERESEE), which proposes to carry out an in-depth energy renovation on 7.1 million homes by 2050. 

One of the projects developed in the Basque Country – the AGREE project – in which Patricia Molina Costa of Tecnalia, co-author of this guide, is actively participating, promotes the modernisation of private residential buildings through innovative methods for the aggregation and activation of demand, better governance and personalised funding solutions. The Housing Department of the Basque Government, in close collaboration with Donostia-San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Basauri, IHOBE and Tecnalia have co-designed and implemented innovative solutions for thermal renovation and modernisation of the accessibility of residential buildings built in 1940-80.