In Portugal in 2019, more than 41% of certified residential dwellings had classes C and D, compared to 16.5% for classes A+ and A*. Improving the building energy efficiency has become a real economic and social challenge. In response to fuel poverty, the Portuguese government has launched a program with non-refundable grants in order to help energy improvement work by individuals.
With a total budget of €4.5 million, this program, available until December 2021, offers a contribution of up to 70% of the investments made by owners, with a maximum of €15.000 per owner and €7.500 per building or unit.
“Edifícios mais sustentáveis” program is covering six typologies of intervention:
- Thermal insulation
- Heating/cooling for air and domestic hot water systems (heat pump, etc.)
- Renewable energy production equipments (photovoltaic panels, etc.)
- Optimisation of water management (pressure reducer, etc.)
- Integration of biomaterials, recycled materials, green covers and bioclimatic architectural solutions