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Thematic headings


Heading A. Rehabilitation in the new housing policy

Heading B. The commitment to sustainability in rehabilitation

Heading C. A regulatori framework for existing buildings

A. Rehabilitation in the new housing policy
Rehabilitation activity is linked to public policies, which have relegated it to a marginal position in the construction sector. By analysing the legal, economic and management framework, and gaining familiarity with the characteristics of the housing stock and evaluating its condition, we can come up with new forms of intervention and urban management that make sustainable rehabilitation a driving force behind a change of model in housing policy and urban development—a model that makes decent housing a priority and protects it from market speculation.

B. The commitment to sustainability in rehabilitation
Buildings have a far-reaching environmental impact, and today’s major environmental challenges call for improvement in the behaviour of the existing stock. In terms of the city and buildings, sustainable rehabilitation is the answer to the environmental challenge, as well as to economic and social aspects. Integrated urban rehabilitation is the way forward to sustainability.

C. A regulatory framework for existing buildings 
One of the key aspects of rehabilitation is to strike a balance between use of existing buildings and bringing them up to date with new services. To respond to this demand, a specific legal framework is needed for existing buildings, with demand parameters in keeping with their reality and potential. The objective is to lay the bases for this legal framework. 

To achieve these objectives and guarantee coherence of approaches and contents, the congress will be the point of convergence of the work carried out by the four Boards of Experts. They will collect and analyse information, identify good practices, produce diagnoses and draw up proposals centring on the constitutional right to decent housing for all citizens and the environmental requirements demanded by the future of the planet.

The Boards of Experts will be made up of renowned experts in rehabilitation and sustainability, representing government bodies, the sector’s organizations and civil society in Spain and other European countries. On this basis, the congress presents for debate four essential aspects of sustainable rehabilitation and possible strategies to follow for its development and consolidation.

Rehabilitation in the new housing policy:
Josep Maria Sas, Ferran Barba, Josep Báguena, Montserrat Pareja, Juli Ponce, Juan Rubio del Val, Josep Maria Llop, Michel Polge, Francesc Muñoz, Lluis Fajarí. Coordinated by Oriol Cusidó
The commitment to sustainability in rehabiitation:
Salvador Rueda, Núria Pedrals, Manuel Clavillé, Toni Solanas, Toni Floriach, Pilar Martorell, Ramon Arjona, Gloria Gómez. Coordinated by Albert Cuchí
A regulatory framework for existing buildings:
Carles Salvador, Josep Baquer, Jorge Blasco, Juan Carlos López, Ignacio Paricio, Fernando Martin-Consuegra, Angela Sampedro, Rafael Bellmunt, Juan Briz, Julián Domínguez, Alicia Dotor, George Faller, Juan Frias, Miguel García, Belén Onecha, Fernando Vigara.  Coordinated by Josep Lluís Gonzàlez.