District heating plant in VG

Vitoria-Gasteiz: New local regulation fosters the installation of district heating systems

31 Jul 2017

Due to the positive influence of the SmartEnCity project, the political groups of the Vitoria-Gasteiz city council unanimously approved a structural modification of the city’s General Plan of Urban Planning on 17th July, in order to facilitate the deployment of district heating systems in the urban fabric.

The novelty of this new local regulation is that it allows the installation of district heating infrastructures (both heat generation and heat distribution network ones), provided that they do not exceed 35% of the area in question. More into detail, the heat production plants may only be carried out at ground or underground level. In the case of being constructed at a higher level, it must be separated from the rest of the building by a distance equal to the one of its maximum height.

Although common in Northern Europe, district heating systems (more efficient and environmentally friendly than the individual or building-based systems) are only recently being introduced at large scale in South European countries as one way of optimising buildings´ energy consumption.