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Sustainable Energy Programme in Mexico (Module: Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the existing social housing sector)

Project details
Associated enterprises: 
Architecture & Urban Development
Project volume: 
2,912,665 €
Value of services: 
2,621,399 €
Start of project: 
April, 2019
End of project: 
August, 2022
Project background: 

In 2010, existing housing in Mexico comprised approximately 28.6 million permanently inhabited units. The construction of social housing promoted by the government covers an essential part of the demand for housing.

From 1973 to 2012, the government promoted the construction of approximately 11 million low- and middle-income housing with formal employment. Based on the annual construction of 450,000 to 500,000 new social housing units, current inventories are estimated at just 13 million units and their share of the general housing market at approximately 35%. Approximately 7 million homes have a maximum age of 15 years. Demand for affordable housing will continue to increase further due to the urbanization process and population growth, expected from 122 to 150 million people between 2015 and 2050.

According to SENER data, the housing sector in general already contributes 26% of electricity consumption and 32% of greenhouse gases. The Mexican government considers that a sustainable conception of the social housing sector is an essential element to achieve the defined climate protection contributions (nationally determined contributions, NDCs) as well as the Agenda 2030 indicators.  

Service description: 
  • Development of State-promotion proposals for instruments aimed at existing social housing, based on the technical design of the supported NAMA for Existing Housing (for CO2 mitigation).
  • Technical visits, national and international forums for the exchange of best practices and case studies for the energy retrofit of housing.
  • Facilitate technological innovation with solutions to reduce energy demand in homes, provide thermal comfort, reduce water consumption and CO2 mitigation.
  • Development of a pilot project to demonstrate energy retrofit in a sample of existing social housing in Mexico.
  • Implementation of a protocol for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions associated with the house operation.
  • Development of handbooks, tools, and training materials on EE/RE in the built environment, aimed at professionals in the housing sector, and officials from financing institutions and the government.
  • Accompaniment in the training of multipliers and in the implementation of educational curricula. 

Programme objective: The sustainability of the energy system in Mexico is increased.

Module objective: The State’s promotion offer is improved in order to enhance the EE/RE in the social housing sector in Mexico.

Within the programme, this module develops three essential products or lines of action:

  1. The State development institutions and policy makers, are aware of the recommendations for the design, implementation and dissemination of efficient and effective development programs for existing social housing.
  2. Relevant actors in the energy and buildings sector, have access to information on the suitability of the selected technical solutions and energy saving potential as well as recommendation of measures to execute the potential of EE/RE in existing social housing.
  3. A national qualification offer is established in order to increase the competencies of specialized personnel and executives of key Mexican actors in the construction and services sector, to exploit the potential of EE/RE in existing social housing.