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Course on technological innovation in rehabilitation to improve to habitability and use of housing

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Between 21 and 25 March 2022, the Erasmus +: Smart Rehabilitation 3.0 project organized a training course in Technological Innovation in Rehabilitation to improve the habitability and use of housing. The course took place in Barcelona and focused on the definition of the topics to be considered in the training of future “Building Rehabilitation Experts” (BRE). Twenty Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian and Cypriot experts and professionals took part, representing the different partners of the Project.

The training activity focused on an eminently practical vision, supported by technical visits of successful experiences of housing rehabilitation and improvement of the city in order to offer a better quality of life to its citizens, complemented by the necessary theoretical reflections and debates between participants. A wide variety of rehabilitation interventions were analyzed, from the restoration of a Gaudí building (Casa Batlló) to the rehabilitation of social housing in the Raval district (OASIURBÀ and Carrer Robador). The architectural typologies were also diverse, with the study of the reconversion of a building of the Fabra & Coats factory into 46 social housing, of an old textile factory of the historic city in high standing housing (Ecoliving 1802) or in the rehabilitation of a private home within the Passivhaus standards, among many others. Special attention was paid to the remodeling of some markets in the city to restore its social activity with all the health guarantees, or as a Cultural Center. There were also presentations of the policies for the promotion of housing rehabilitation by the Catalan Government and Barcelona City Council.

The project partners had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences, and discuss how to develop methodologies and training tools for future Building Rehabilitation Experts, which are being developed at European level. The course closed with an interesting debate to determine the main knowledge and skills that these experts must have, in aspects related to the rehabilitation of housing, in order to improve their habitability and use, from a broad perspective for the different European countries.