Innovative Residential Housing for the Mediterranean


The IRH project aimed to consolidate the environmentally responsible housing sector in Mediterranean countries.


The project was launched within the context of lacking application of sustainability criteria in the residential building sector in the Mediterranean regions, as well as of a considerable dispersion of energy and environmental labels with different criteria and indicators. Retaining the Mediterranean identity and taking into account region specific socio-economic conditions, the IRH project´s main objective was to improve the competitiveness of innovative and sustainable models for the housing sector.

The specific objectives that the project aimed to achieve were to facilitate the development of common guidelines and policy approaches to assess the sustainability of Mediterranean residential buildings in order to promote the use of sustainable and responsible models of housing. In particular, IRH has considered the following areas as assessment parameters:

  • Territory and Site
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Health and Comfort
  • Socio economic aspects
  • Gestión

The EU-Med funded project (2010-2012) was led by ACC1Ó with the support of the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia and with the participation of 10 partners from the Mediterranean regions of France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, and Catalonia. During the project duration, the seven main areas and sub-areas of investigation were established, as well as a number of criteria and indicators in order to assess the sustainability of residential buildings, both existing, new build and in the process of being refurbished. The established method was applied to different residential buildings to check its suitability. .

Expected results:

Analysis of legislative framework, institutional tools and existing environmental labels.
Table with areas, criteria and indicators for assessing sustainability in housing.
Guidelines for the implementation of environmental labels in the Mediterranean regions.


5 mediterranean countires, 10 partners:

  • ACC1Ó, Generalitat de Catalunya
  • CRES, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Grecia
  • Consorzio Nazionale Casa Qualità, Italia
  • CRMA, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Marseille Provence, Francia
  • Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, Croacia
  • Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat, Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Association Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens, Francia
  • Provincia di Ravenna, Italia
  • Municipalitat de Rhodes, Grecia
  • Assessorato Territorio ed Ambiente, Región Sicilia

Implicación/participación de LIMA

LIMA has provided technical and scientific support to the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia in the preparation of the proposed system of indicators to include in the general scheme for assessing the sustainability of residential buildings.