- 1 Full project title and funding programme
- 2 Subject
- 3 Schedule and project consortium
- 4 Description
- 5 Problems to be addressed
- 6 Objectives
- 7 Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs
- 8 Main results
- 9 Outputs developed by the project
- 10 Uncovered expected needs
- 11 Project strengths and weaknesses
- 12 Contact and homepage
- 13 References
Full project title and funding programme
Full title of project: Innovative Residential Housing for the Mediterranean (IRH-Med)
Funding programme: MED programme
Housing Sustainability Assessment model (HAS), suitable for MED traditions, climate and society.
Schedule and project consortium
04/2010 – 08/2012
Within the IRH-Med project, 10 partners from South European countries jointly work on the topic of innovative housing:
- Catalonia Competitiveness Agency (Spain) (Lead Partner)
- Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (Greece)
- National Consortium CasaQualità (Italy)
- Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Marseille (France)
- Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (Croatia)
- Government of Catalonia, Deptartment de Territory and Sustainability (Spain)
- Association Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens (France)
- Provincia di Ravenna (Italy)
- Municipality of Rhodes (Greece)
- Sicilia Region (Italy)
Most of the Mediterranean construction market is related to the residential sector, including new building and retrofitting actions. Therefore, the development of a methodology to support and rate sustainable residential buildings is clearly a priority in the Mediterranean space. In this regard, the main objective of the IRH-Med project has been to design the basis for the future development of an innovative Housing Sustainability Assessment model (HSA), suitable for Mediterranean traditions, climate and society. It was expected that the results of the IRH-Med project would affect approximately 16 million dwellings, and more than 28 million inhabitants. The final project output proposes a common framework for residential buildings sustainability assessment in MED areas that can be used as a basis for the implementation of future regional initiatives.
Problems to be addressed
Sustainable development is one of the principal pillars of the EU policy. The design, construction, use and maintenance of buildings have a tremendous impact on our environment and our natural resources. All around the world, a huge amount of buildings are being constructed, with many more to be done.
It is very important to implement the idea of a sustainable development in the construction of those buildings. Urban stakeholders and citizens need a clear message: Today, moving towards an every-day practice of sustainability in social housing sector, involving the final users, is possible and necessary! Our effective concern and daily commitment should lead to assume a holistic responsibility of its actions; balancing investment costs with economic, environmental as well as social benefits.
The key issues in making constructions more sustainable include increasing comfort, health, and safety of the people who live and work in them.
- To facilitate the development of common guidelines and policy approaches to assessing Mediterranean residential buildings.
- To boost the use of sustainable and responsible models of housing.
- To develop market opportunities for SMEs.
Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs
- Analyse of the current situation regarding building assessment in the Mediterranean regions.
- Development of an assessment method tailored for the Mediterranean Space.
- Test the assessment method.
- Analysis of Mediterranean systems
- Guidelines for innovative responsible housing in the Mediterranean (IRH-Med Guidelines).
- Strengthening and improvement of BDM (French environmental label) activity in south France.
Outputs developed by the project
- Integrated transnational benchmark analysis IRH Med
- Guidelines for innovative responsible housing IRH Med
- Transnational inventory of technologies IRH Med
Usage of outputs
Uncovered expected needs
Only a minority of partners have really implemented an evaluation method similar to the HSA in their region after the project.
Project strengths and weaknesses
Transnational exchanges and common production.
Lack of motivation of some partners.
Contact and homepage
Agència de Suport a l'Empresa Catalana
Marta Rojas Gregorio
Tel.: +34 935511955