Decor : Promote the rehabilitation sector through a green VAT
Within the construction sector, rehabilitation and reform works will be a fundamental pillar for economic recovery. For a long time, work has been done so that these rehabilitations adapt to the use of new materials and technology that help improve energy efficiency. There are studies that affirm that 47% of the energy produced is consumed by buildings and constructions, hence the importance of the search for energy savings and the objective of reducing greenhouse gases.
Although measures are being adopted from Public Administrations such as the promotion of renewal plans for rehabilitation in several provinces and municipalities, from the industries of the sector another series of measures are proposed that would favor both the sector, as well as the user, the Public Administrations and How could it be otherwise at such a crucial time for the planet and resources like this, the environment.
Implementation of green VAT
For this reason, the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Light Facades and Windows (Asefave) has been meeting with representatives of different Public Administrations and institutions since last July, presenting their proposals to stimulate rehabilitation works in our country, including that of a Tax on Value Added (VAT) “green”. This new green VAT would be linked to the replacement of windows, solar protection and enclosures in Spanish homes, with more efficient ones.
The Spanish Aluminum Association (AEA) also gets on this car seeing the importance it can have for the scetor. To the aforementioned, the AEA propose another series of conditions:
The president of the AEA, Armando Mateos, has proposed that, in order to safeguard the environment as much as possible, another series of conditions be added that lead to the application of this “green” VAT, in addition to the thermal transmittance proposed by Asefave :
- Recyclability of the chosen products and solutions, and those that do not lose properties in their successive reconversions, and whose recycling processes are not very harmful to the environment, are especially valued.
- Low danger of the additives or chemical components that make up the product.
- Number of years it takes to degrade as a residue and incidence in the food chain.
- Fireproofing and resistance to fire, which is still another factor of sustainability.
The AEA proposes to weight each of these vectors, so that a higher or lower figure is obtained by following a series of proportional sustainability coefficients and scores. This is what Armando Mateos has said, noting that “it could be a staggered VAT, where a lower percentage will be applied to the most sustainable products. For products with a rating between 8.5 and 10 (10 being the perfect product), a VAT of 3% could be applied; those with a score between 7 and 8.5, a VAT of 9%, and so on. In other words, it would be a progressive table. In this way, not only rehabilitation would be favored, but also that these would seek a result that was as sustainable and respectful as possible with the environment ”.