Grupo Construcía's Lean2Cradle: healthy and circular spaces
Grupo Construcia is a Spanish group of companies dedicated to the design and construction of commercial spaces (offices, shopping centers, CPD, and others). It’s composed by Implanta (architecture & engineering services), Construcia Instalaciones (design and installation of electrical, clima and plumbing systems) and Construcia S.L. that works as General Contractor. EIG is also part of Grupo Construcia since 2012.
Since its incorporation to the Group, EIG is working internally in the definition of a roadmap to change Grupo Construcia’s business model to the circular economy. The General Direction is directly involved in the project and, despite of the complexity of the work, many steps have been done in the right direction, since its first public announcement in November 2013 at the Cercle d’Economia de Barcelona (Grupo Construcía towards the Circular Economy_ Círculo de Economía de Barcelona)
The roadmap involves both internal operations and business model. This required the development of a new methodology to build spaces, enabling the material recovery at the end o its use cycle. Lean2Cradle®, the methodology designed by EIG, combines the systemic and intensive design approach of LEAN Construction together with the Cradle to Cradle® perspective. The benefits of both methodologies are to be measured by a specificalle designed set of indicators to reflect quality and performance.
The Lean2Cradle metrics are related to each project phase (from design to deconstruction-nutrient management), being one of the main tool for this the Material Passport. This file compiles all the information at nutrient level (raw materials) for all products that are part of a project, with their expecte use cycle, cycling path and residual estimated value.
Several trainings and workshops were conducted, both for Grupo Construcia’s workers and suppliers. In fact, it was created a Green Supply Platform called Plataforma Construcía, that is shared by the whole Group (Madrid, Barcelona, Lisboa). The Platform has both products (Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM or assessed through a C2C Potential Screening) and service providers that have received a special training. The aim is not only to have the right partners to implement this new model but also to transform the local industry.
Construcía is applying the Lean2Cradle® methodology in several projects. The set of indicators have been updated including also a survey -pre and post-occupancy- to understand the needs and feels of the opccupants of the spaces and better adapt the space. Material Passports, Deconstruction Plans and integration of these parameters in the BIM model are the key aspects of Lean2Cradle® projects.
Digg into our Projects area and you’ll find examples of implementation.