Responsible partners: Nasuvinsa and Baskegur (Spain)

Description: Sustainable construction is a commitment for the future, as the sector is currently responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. This issue is addressed in the European roadmap for the decarbonisation of the economy in a point dedicated to it. Sustainable construction must become a priority in European countries, specifically in the SUDOE territory. One construction element that can, in its various uses, make a very important contribution to this sustainable construction is wood.

The Eguralt project, in its aim to promote innovation for intelligent and sustainable growth, seeks to promote sustainable construction. From the public development sector, Nasuvinsa and Baskegur have studied the possibilities of introducing parameters in tenders that allow materials, elements and solutions to be evaluated positively. They will also make it possible to build less polluting constructions throughout their useful life and in their demolition processes.

In order to do this, we first searched for good practices developed in countries both within and outside the SUDOE area related to the contracting process. We then analysed their applicability in the drafting of technical specifications for public promotion.

In this way, the aim was to come up with a proposal for a scale with the following characteristics:

  1. Quantitative aspects, including the origin of the wood to be used, the quantity of wood, etc.
  2. Qualitative aspects: level of industrialisation of processes and systems, technologies used, etc.

To carry out this experience, we have relied on experts from the two responsible territories – Navarre and the Basque Country – including IHOBE, VISESA, and architects with extensive experience in timber construction.