International congress “Rehabilitation and Sustainability. The Future is Possible” | 4-6 October 2010, Barcelona
Event website - http://www.rsf2010.org/en
The congress “Rehabilitation and Sustainability. The Future is Possible” takes its place in the debate about the future from the viewpoint of the construction sector, a sector that has to prepare itself for a new, more solid, coherent, structured model—in short, a model more like that of developed countries, where rehabilitation and sustainability are vital pillars.
The foremost objective is to help change the unthinking dynamic of recent decades in the construction sector. This change is only possible if we follow the European model, with the promotion and consolidation of rehabilitation and sustainability that befit an advanced, evolved, modern society. Identifying the most suitable itineraries and tools for achieving this is the operative objective of the congress, calling for a new and decisive position for rehabilitation in housing policies, at the service of society’s present-day needs.
Rehabilitation in the new housing policy
Rehabilitation activity is linked to public policies, which have relegated it to a marginal position in the construction sector. By analysing the legal, economic and management framework, and gaining familiarity with the characteristics of the housing stock and evaluating its condition, we can come up with new forms of intervention and urban management that make sustainable rehabilitation a driving force behind a change of model in housing policy and urban development—a model that makes decent housing a priority and protects it from market speculation.
The commitment to sustainability in rehabilitation
Buildings have a far-reaching environmental impact, and today’s major environmental challenges call for improvement in the behaviour of the existing stock. In terms of the city and buildings, sustainable rehabilitation is the answer to the environmental challenge, as well as to economic and social aspects. Integrated urban rehabilitation is the way forward to sustainability.
A regulatory framework for existing buildings
One of the key aspects of rehabilitation is to strike a balance between use of existing buildings and bringing them up to date with new services. To respond to this demand, a specific legal framework is needed for existing buildings, with demand parameters in keeping with their reality and potential. The objective is to lay the bases for this legal framework.