Energy efficiency rehabilitation of social housing in Mexico

Project description

Title: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Existing Social Housing in Mexico
Commissined by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Mexico
Lead executing agency: Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) 
Overall term: 2018 bto 2022


At the end of 2017, there were 33 million inhabited homes in Mexico. Housing is responsible for 26 per cent of electricity consumption and 32 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide. In order to achieve the national climate targets, the Mexican Government therefore plans to provide more energy-efficient social housing To this end, one third of existing homes are also to be refurbished by 2030.

However, the energy-efficient refurbishment of existing social housing is challenging, as many construction aspects have to be considered. Furthermore, potential savings must be determined in order to calculate the financial contributions for the different target groups.


State support for energy efficiency and renewable energies in existing social housing in Mexico has improved.


The programme has three thematic priorities:

Financing: The project aims to improve the range of government development programmes. It analyses the financing of sustainable housing and simplifies the evaluation of refurbishment projects. It also develops control mechanisms to ensure the effectiveness and profitability of the projects. 

The project’s partners include the national fund for workers' housing (INFONAVIT), the housing fund of the institute for security and social services of state employees (FOVISSSTE) and the federal mortgage bank (SHF).

Design and technological cooperation: In order to calculate the country’s potential for energy savings, the overall performance of existing social housing is assessed and a selection of measures is made. Pilot projects for this are being launched in various regions of the country.

Training: The project works with universities and training institutions to develop courses for architects, building managers, energy consultants, supervisors and building technicians. Key topics include energy efficiency, environmental compatibility, and renewable energy. The project also trains personnel from financial institutions in energy-efficient refurbishment.

Last update: June 2021

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