An eco home in Spain
An eco home in Spain

MORE than €75 million is being pumped into sustainable building projects across Andalucia in a major green campaign.

The Junta is financing environmentally-sound and long-lasting projects that will come to fruition before 2020.

José Sánchez Maldonado, head of the department for employment and business, said the funding has been drawn from the region’s energy agency.

Some of the money will also go into renovating existing buildings to make them more green, installing thermal insulation to bring down energy use and eco-air conditioning.

The investment makes up part of the Junta’s new three-pronged energy efficiency programme, whose other two parts, focusing on small and medium enterprises and ‘intelligent networks’, are due to receive €227m co-financed by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund.

The plans for these areas will be revealed by the Junta by July.

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  1. Does that mean buildings not constructed from steel and the dreaded cement . Sustainable buildings are here in galacia and have been here for well over 100 years and people still live in them including us and our neighbours. Just made of Natural stone and rubble and natural mud mortar with wood roof construction and clay tiles. Too bad some spanish builders desecrate them with so called renovations using cement and steel and other un – sympathetic materials , when will they learn that cement is enemy number one of a stone house , maybe in about 30 years time !!!
    Not enough help and funding going into protecting their stone heritage here , unlike the UK.

  2. If Andalucia wants to support ‘green’ practices surely the first thing they need to fix are the ridiculous laws that penalise people connected to mains electricity who wish to generate solar power too. In a region as sunny as Andalucia it is just madness not to encourage solar generation.

    And this is probably naive but can’t these ends be achieved by setting the building codes so they require greener building methods rather than throwing money at the problem?

  3. Perhaps Malcolm is referring to “launa”, a type of clay from the rivers, which is used, at least in Las Alpujarras, as a roof-covering, employed as a very old method of keeping the rain out. No kiln-drying required, just fairly regular attention to leaks. Couldn’t be described as tiles though.

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