Vilawatt

The European project Vilawatt is part of the ERDF (ERDF) program of Innovative Urban Actions (UIA) whose main objective is to test innovative solutions to the main urban challenges of today and to see how they respond in the complexity of the real world.
 
 
These solutions must meet a number of specific requirements: they must bring added value at European level, they must have not been implemented anywhere in Europe before, have to be developed over the next three years and that the challenges they are addressing are relevant to other European authorities.
 
 
In the case of Vilawatt, it is an energy transition project for the municipality of Viladecans and will focus on unleashing the much needed energy renovation of residential buildings. The first proposal will address buildings in low-income communities, where the greatest effort is needed.
 
 
In this line, the district of Montserratina has been chosen to begin this transition. It has 20,216 inhabitants (30% of the total of the city), 8,026 homes (of which 6,203 were built before 1976 and, therefore, before energy regulations existed) and the district's annual income is 15% lower than the average of the city. 
 
 
The project has the following partners: City Council of Viladecans, Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, Ubiquat Technologies SL, ICAEN (Catalan Institute of Energy), LIMA Association (Mediterranean Low Impact Architecture), Círculo Gespromat, SL, EGM Energy Efficiency , VIGEM, VIMED and SCCL Cyclic.
 
 
The role of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona within the framework of the project revolves around two key aspects: the definition and implementation of the Local Energy Operator and the monitoring and follow-up of Change Management. For this last task, a series of indicators will be developed that will analyze the social, environmental and economic impact of the energy transition process of the Vilawatt project. This will allow the elaboration of a Manual that will capture the acquired experience and guarantee the replicability of the project in other places.

 

 

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