The City Council backs renovation as a tool for tackling social inequalities and improving quality of life. Likewise, it promotes the development of energy transition policies that enable the city to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and atmosphere-polluting emissions. It also aims to foster local economic activity linked to renovation and to ensure the quality and safety of the city’s architectural heritage.
In this context, the City Council has designed a strategy for urban renewal based on three areas, namely, the social, environmental and economic spheres.
The measures planned, which will be rolled out as part of the renovation strategy for 2016-2019 will be very broad in scope and affect several areas. Action will be taken on residential buildings, flats, municipal buildings and urban complexes/public space.
The 2018 general call for grants to renovate common elements in homes has already been approved and has a budget of 21.2 million euros.
The grants help cover the cost of the following work in buildings:
- Structural pathologies.
- Non-structural work on facades, courtyards, light wells, party walls, stairs and foyers.
- Accessibility work, such as lift installations.
- Elimination of architectural barriers.
- General communal utility systems.
- Removal of obsolete elements, such as fibre cement.
- Direct water supply installations.
- Energy savings and sustainability, including passive action, active action and green roofs.
- Social cohesion programme.
- Programme for urban nuclei of special interest, including: Turó de la Peira, the south west of the Besòs area, Baró de Viver, the Sant Ramon conservation area (district of Ciutat Vella), the block delimited by C/ Viladomat, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, C/ Calàbria and C/ Diputació, and the areas where the superblock programme is being implemented.
Grants of up to 50%
of the installation cost of photovoltaic panels (for producing electricity) and solar thermal panels (for producing hot water)