The Second National Day for Housing Certification was held at the Professional Council of Civil Engineering (CPIC) on November 21.
Organized by the Undersecretariat of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency together with the EU cooperation project “Energy Efficiency in Argentina”, more than 100 professionals from almost all the provinces of the country gathered and 130 others connected through Web Streaming.
The objective of the workshop was to show the progress of the activities of the National Housing Certification Program and the collaboration it had from the project financed by the European Union.
Within this framework, the pilot experiences already completed in several provinces took place:
-for the province of Santa Fe, the results were presented by Architect Griselda Bertoni from the Santa Fe College of Architects;
- for the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, the results were presented by engineer Daniel Quattrini from the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (CNEA);
- for the cities of Mendoza and Godoy Cruz, the results were presented by Architect Pablo Ptihod from the College of Architects of Mendoza (CAMZA);
-for the city of San Miguel de Tucuman, the results were presented by attorney María Sofia Simon from the Public Services Regulation Entity of Tucuman;
- for the province of Salta, the results were presented by Gisella Gallucci from the Ministry of Energy of Salta.
A total of 475 professionals were trained in the framework of the aforementioned pilot tests with the main objective of providing them with general guidelines for the correct determination of the Housing Energy Performance Index, establishing unified criteria according to national level official procedures. In order to validate the national computer application and make adjustments to the implementation system, more than 1200 homes were certified.
Foreseeing 2020 activities, the future pilot tests to be implemented in the province of Neuquén were presented by María del Carmen Rubio, and respectively by Sergio Mansur from the Ministry of Public Services for the Province of Córdoba and Mariano Reobo from the Environmental Protection Agency of the Government for the City of Buenos Aires.
As main success case at provincial level for Housing Certification Policies, authorities of the Province of Santa Fe presented their experience as a pioneer province in enacting the Law on Energy Efficiency Housing Certification, which establishes as mandatory to present the label in any domain transfer managed in its territory.
Additionally, José Luis Weisman, National Director for Energy Efficiency considers the National Housing Certification Program a strong public policy in terms of its coherence for both the implementation and the impact that this has on energy saving, highlighting: “We are talking about a policy that is underway and is here to stay. And the heart of this policy is sustained by the commitment of construction professionals.”
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Finally, the technical and financial support of the European Union for the development of the National Housing Certification Program has been fundamental, being directly responsible for the training of more than 50% of the professionals involved, the certified houses, the improvement of the National Housing Application and many other activities.
As Barbara Roces says, Manager of the project on behalf of the Embassy of the European Union in Argentina: “One of the main reasons why the European Union supports this project, in addition to energy savings, is that it involves a significant reduction in emissions and therefore contributes to tackling climate change, an objective to which we are very committed.”
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