Mallorca Models Sustainability


Abode2 explores how local developers & architects look to eco-solutions for new construction across the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Government's long-term sustainability model is based on a circular model of use and recycling with the objective of being the world's first circular tourist destination supported by independent local environmental organisations including the Mallorca Preservation Foundation, Save the Med and the Marilles Foundation. As part of this ongoing commitment to the island's environment, local developers and architects are now designing more sustainable property that is increasingly in demand by residents and second-home owners.

The continued collaboration and investment by the private sector will fund the development of the new green hydrogen plant in the centre of the island, the first of its kind in the Mediterranean, that will provide 300 tonnes of green hydrogen. Plus the installation of 46 solar parks throughout the island by the end of 2022 that will generate over 326,000 megawatts of solar energy.  These projects are important steps forward for the island's government which aims to have 35% renewable energy sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

The global plan to generate a more resilient and diverse economy via energy transition and a green economy will receive a total investment of in excess of 630 million euros over the next four years in the Balearic Islands. Mallorca's important hotel sector is now committed to following a circular policy of recycling and working towards a sustainable model for tourism.

Says Engel & Völkers Balearic Islands Managing Director, Florian Hofer, “We support the Balearic Government's commitment to the long-term sustainability of the region.  There is increasing demand among our clients for new construction projects with innovative architecture, environmentally-friendly technology design, and energy features that positively impact the value of the property. Making the most of the island's 300 days of sunshine and turning that natural resource into sustainable energy is an important development for the future''.

We too a look at some stunning examples of sustainable property currently on the market:

Villa Castanyetes, Port Andratx a spectacular new-generation designer villa

Located in a top position with panoramic views across the Bay of Andratx and across to Dragonera Island, Villa Castanyetes is a good example of the new generation of luxury villas being developed with sustainable energy features.   The villa has been built with the most advanced and efficient installations to provide geothermal energy, giving this property an energy A certificate rating.  It features an insulated facade with high-quality natural stone, geothermal energy, solar energy, smartphone technology (the house can be conveniently operated from anywhere in the world via iPad) and with its own large battery, sufficient energy is provided for the property to be self-sufficient including a charging station for e-mobility. Natural stone, wood, metal mesh and warm upholstery tones complete the stylish interior design.

The villa is currently on the market for €14.2 million.


Villas Maricel, Cala Figuera near Santanyi


One of five new-constructed villas located only a short walk away from the traditional fishing port at Cala Figuera on the southeast coast, this stylish 3 bed/3 bath villa has been designed to be at the forefront of sustainable technology with environmental conditioning to achieve the optimum environment in each room with the rational use of energy necessary from renewable sources that will reduce energy consumption overall.


Features include: a study to determine the lighting required for each part of the house. Water regeneration: For the use and reuse of rainwater, the collection of rainwater, is carried out by means of a cistern with a large accumulation capacity and which can be used for irrigation of any type, either by sprinkling or drip irrigation.  The façade has been built with high-density insulation to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Aluminum windows with solar control glass and low thermal emissions. Reverse air conditioning with heat recovery.  The villas are on the market from 2.6 to 3.8 million euros and the scheduled completion date is end 2022.


The villa is currently on the market for €2.6 million.



A new development of 21 apartments with A-energy certificate rating at Cala Ratjada

This new construction "Ones" project comprises 21 two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartments in the popular seaside resort of Cala Ratjada on the northeast coast of the island that is located a short distance from the stunning bay of Cala Agulla and the port at Cala Ratjada. The constructed area of each apartment is approximately 80 - 89 square metres with a partly covered terrace and/or private garden of approximately 60 square metres.  The building has been designed especially to achieve zero carbon emissions with a high level of insulation throughout the building, voltaic pumps and thermic solar panels. The scheduled completion date is end 2023.

The apartments are on the market for €420,000.


Unique new country house in Llucmajor (south Mallorca)

This stunning modern designer house has a top location with sea views over Cabrera Island.  Its rural environment is reflected in the warm tones of the interiors that are both elegant and comfortable and it has key sustainable features including solar panels, photovoltaic pump and energy recovery ventilators.

The country house is currently on the market for €2.2 million.



The “Parallel” development in the Bonanova area is located above Palma and only 10 minutes drive from the centre, the principles of eco-design have been paramount in reducing the project's impact on its surroundings. The development has been designed to be both sustainable and energy-efficient: the main facades are designed with an outer layer of sleek wooden blinds inspired by traditional Mediterranean latticework. This contemporary and eye-catching solution ensures both privacy as well as creating a constantly changing play of light and shadow within each home. Following a smart design principle, these blinds can change their position according to the season, sliding from vertical to horizontal, depending on the desired amount of sunlight.

As the development nears completion only 3 units remain for sale with prices from €1.250 million for a 3 bedroom duplex apartment with a garden and private pool.


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