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.
Several trainings and workshops were conducted already, 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, Sao Paolo and Montevideo). The Platform has both products (Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM or that have passed the 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.
Right now, Construcía is applying for the first time the Lean2Cradle® methodology in a real project, but only affecting the construction phase as the project was designed by another team. EIG is working on the material passport of the building, integrated in the BIM model, as well as a de-construction manual to be delivered to the Owner.
The project is is finished and soon will be ready its Materials Passport.