Buildings account for 40 % of the EU’s final energy consumption, so reducing energy consumption and using energy from renewable sources in the building sector is important to reduce the EU’s energy dependence and greenhouse gas emissions. Spain’s urban planning tradition has been focused on the production of new towns and cities. However, the reconversion of the real estate and construction sector must be directed towards a sustainable and inclusive model; redirecting efforts towards urban rehabilitation, regeneration and renovation. Investments in the energy renovation of buildings can save energy, reduce running costs, improve productivity and comfort, and increase the utility and value of building

. Approximately 55 % of the building stock in Spain predates 1980 and approximately 21 % is more than 50 years old. Almost 58% of our buildings were built before the first regulation that introduced minimum energy efficiency criteria in Spain (the basic building standard NBE-CT-79 on thermal conditions in buildings). For all these reasons, and because of the capacity of the construction sector to create economic activity and employment, in July we developed the document: “PROPOSALS OF THE NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CONFEDERATION (CNC, the abbreviation in Spanish) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR TO COME OUT OF THE CRISIS PROVOKED BY THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC: REHABILITATION PLAN”.