The Government hands over the keys to a public housing development in Palma’s Sa Calatrava neighbourhood

Feb 1, 2022 | Post, Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol; the Minister of Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí; the President of the Consell de Mallorca, Catalina Cladera, and the Mayor of Palma, José Hila, today handed over the keys to the five subsidised housing units located on Carrer de la Posada de Montserrat, in the Sa Calatrava neighbourhood, in the historic centre of Palma, to the families who were awarded the keys. Also taking part in the ceremony was the manager of the IBAVI, Cristina Ballester, and the councillor for City Model, Decent Housing and Sustainability of Palma City Council, Neus Truyol.

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Armengol thanked Palma City Council for the transfer of the site where this development has been built and, in addition to defending institutional collaboration to make projects like this possible, she defended the Balearic Islands’ housing law, a “pioneering” regulation, now backed by a ruling from the High Court of Justice “which is social justice and which gives us the strength to continue in the line of courage and commitment to intercede in the price of rent in our Community”.

In this sense, the president explained that the Govern hopes that the new state housing law will be “committed” and “give the communities the means to take measures to put a ceiling on the price of rent”.

Families who move into these homes will pay a rent appropriate to their economic capacity, which in no case will not exceed 30% of their income. In addition, the sustainable architecture construction system will greatly reduce the energy consumption of the families.

Construction of this building began in April 2020, the site was donated by the Palma City Council, and consists of five homes and a shop. All the flats have two bedrooms and one is adapted.

There are currently 645 public housing units under construction in the Balearic Islands, 225 of which are in Palma, spread over 8 developments. It is estimated that between 2022 and 2023, 747 homes could be completed. The keys to 469 of these homes will be handed over this year. Thus, the public housing stock is expected to increase by 64% before the end of the legislature, and to incorporate more than 1,100 new homes.

The families who will be awarded the homes

As of today, 4 single-parent families, all of them women with one or two daughters, and 1 family made up of a married couple over 65 years old with a disabled daughter, have been allocated rental housing. Each will pay a rent appropriate to their financial situation, ranging from €129 to €364. These amounts are adjusted to the actual income of the tenants so that in no case will the payment involve them spending more than 30% of their income on rent.

Characteristics of the development

The built surface area is 519.5 m2 on a plot of land ceded by Palma City Council. There are five two-bedroom homes, one of which is adapted, with between 51.3 m2 and 67.3 m2 of usable space. The total price of the development was 905,841 €.

The building has a thermal insulation system on the outside (SATE type) on the façades, placed on ceramic brick master walls. This system guarantees perfect thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as the optimal functioning of the building’s thermal inertia, which allows for significant energy savings.

It also has a floor slab of wooden beams and ceramic vaulting, and the interior party walls are made of lime mortar. This system guarantees the correct regulation of the humidity of the interior environment of the dwellings and ensures correct healthiness and comfort.

The floors are made of natural terracotta tiles, with a factory-applied protective treatment, which guarantees durability and facilitates maintenance.

The interior and exterior joinery is made of natural wood with protective treatment applied with high-quality jointing and sealing systems and double glazing with the insulating chamber to guarantee maximum energy efficiency.

There are also high-quality ceiling fans with minimum consumption in all the rooms, with a double direction system to allow operation in both summer and winter, and a mechanical air extraction system, which allows optimum treatment of the indoor air quality with low energy consumption.

The aerothermal system with photovoltaic energy for the generation of DHW allows the generation of domestic hot water with maximum energy efficiency and the equipment and the semi-visible installation ducts in the ceilings of kitchens and distributors facilitate their maintenance.