Héctor Illueca is committed to cities based on "environmentally friendly" and energy efficient buildings

September 29, 2022
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The second vice-president and councilor for Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture, Héctor Illueca, has participated in the inauguration of the conference 'Sustainable construction, key for a strategic sector of the Valencian Community' on the challenges, opportunities and projects focused on ecological innovation in the construction. There he spoke of the need to "make construction friendly to the environment and energy efficient, a fundamental pillar of our cities".

Organized by the Second Vice Presidency and the Ministry of Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture and REDIT, the conference brought together experts and companies to share experiences and discuss the present and future challenges facing the sector. At the inauguration he was accompanied by the director of REDIT, Gonzalo Belenguer.

In his speech, Illueca assured that for a long time "sustainable construction has ceased to be a matter of the future and has become one of the present" and the Generalitat is working to turn the Valencian Community into "an example of a region where the The building sector turns out to be at the forefront of innovation and sustainability”.

For this, he has highlighted two lines of action of the Ministry. On the one hand, he recalled the reception that the pilot project competition has had in the sector. An initiative for the construction of public housing buildings that are "proof of sustainable construction in social, economic and environmental terms, which promote innovation as an essential mechanism to promote the necessary resilience and sustainability in architecture". On the other hand, he has also referred to the effort made by the Ministry to promote the rehabilitation of homes and buildings in the Valencian Community.

During the day, the online platform was also presented where innovative projects in the field of construction and sustainable habitat can be consulted. A space that will serve as a catalyst so that the ecosystem linked to the business fabric can learn about potential collaboration routes.

Round tables

'Industrialized construction, a strategic proposal for the sector' was the subject of the first round table moderated by Inés García Clariana, Project & Campus Manager The Bridge, with the participation of Javier Mira, head of the ITC Habitat Area , Pablo Elvira, commercial director of Porcelanosa Offsite-Butech and Federico Sanchis, from the ITI Business Development Area, as speakers.

Next, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos offered the conference 'Towards a new architecture: systematized construction'. He was followed by the round table 'The revolution in materials, a return to our beginnings?' with experts Rosa Pérez, head of Materials and Products at AIDIMME, Arsenio Navarro, researcher at AIMPLAS and company representatives Tomás Zamora, head of Innovation at RECYPUR-Grupo DELAX and José Francisco Ferrando, manager of Incofusta.

The conference continued with the presentation 'Sustainability in construction: a necessary and profitable process', in which Nuria Matarredona, general director of Ecological Innovation in Construction, participated; Carmen Jover, director of the 'Habitatge' project at AITEX and Joaquín Vilaplana, director of Innovation and Sustainability at AIJU.

Amparo López and José Serrano, IBV researchers, Noemí González, coordinator of ITE's HYSGRID+ Network of Excellence, and the company UTE Avit-A Arqueha have been the speakers at the last discussion table 'Cities designed for people'.

For her part, the regional secretary for Bioclimatic Architecture and Energy Sustainability, Laura Soto, who closed the conference, thanked all the speakers for their interventions and highlighted the role of technological institutes as levers and transmitters of knowledge. For this reason, she has pointed out "the need to synergize and promote collaboration between the Administration, technology centers and the business fabric, promoting mechanisms that connect supply and demand and instruments that facilitate said connection and transfer".

During the meeting, which took place in the Veles e Vents Building of La Marina de València, the general director of Ecological Innovation in Construction, Nuria Matarredona, explained that this conference is the synthesis of two others that were previously held in Castellón and Alicante. "In these meetings we have been able to pressure the business fabric, as well as the knowledge centers so that the administration can be facilitators and help in the search for solutions and construction systems that promote sustainability".