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The overall objective of the international PAPIRUS project is to promote, implement and validate innovative solutions enabling the European community to achieve sustainable construction. The project implies an introduction of a new public procurement process focused on providing materials characterized by nearly zero energy consumption for the repair and construction of buildings in four European locations.

The project involves representatives of the public sectorwhich accounts for a significant proportion of the total number of existing buildings in Europe. The public sector has become an important factor in stimulating and serving as a model for the transformation of the market towards more efficient products, buildings and services.

Buildings consume approximately 40% of total final energy demand in Europe, which represents about one third of CO2 emissions on the continent. This is just one of the indicators that prove the construction sector and the existing properties greatly impact the environment. If we plan for the construction sector to have a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (by 80-95% by the year 2050.), each building will have to demonstrate very low levels of carbon dioxide emissions and consume very little energy. This important in the context of reaching the goal of a non-carbon power industry.

In order to fulfil the main objective the following specific targets are set out in the project:

  • Promotion of the Strategic dual role of Public Procurers. On the one hand, the role of market maker, being the innovative technologies tractor. On the other hand, as early adopter, enabling the deployment of new directives of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive5- recast (EPBD) is leading the transformation for new buildings.
  • Development of a new procurement strategy focusing on the identification and assessment of innovation. The process will focus on the identification and evaluation of innovation from the technological point of view (including risk assessment). In addition the new process will integrate a methodology for common evaluating of the tenders from different administrations and different countries.
  • Changing of the “purchase price only” mind-set. A key challenge identified by many public sector organisations is changing behaviour within purchasing departments – in particular using purchase price alone to decide between offers, rather than the full life-cycle cost of the product or service.
  • Transferring from a local market to European market. This proposal will develop economies of scale, making special emphasis in innovative SMEs.
  • Launching of a Coordinated public procurement in 4 pilot sites. All these objectives will be developed through the launch of a Public Procurement of Innovative solution in four European countries (Spain, Germany, Norway and Italy).


Description of activities

To achieve PAPIRUS objectives, the activities are structured in five WPs. These WPs cover five types of activities that are expected in the project: preparation, procurement, validation, dissemination/awareness, and management.

The activities related with the preparation of the Public Procurement of innovative solutions will start setting the common needs related with energy efficiency in buildings owned by the project partners and a state-of–art overview of the innovative solutions, that will serve to establish the common specifications for the Joint Public Procurement Process. Because of the impact on buildings energy performance, PAPIRUS will focus on technologies and solutions that:

  • Reduce the energy losses through buildings opaque envelope;
  • Reduce energy losses in winter and solar gains through windows in summer
  • Technologies for light weight prefabricated panels with low specific CO2 emissions.
  • Solutions that store thermal energy increasing the thermal comfort and shifting heating and cooling peak loads;
  • Technologies that provide good quality natural day-lighting;

However, in the tenders the last two technologies have been left out due to lack of feedback from the market, lack of efficiency due to the high price for poor performance or lack of enough developed solutions that are not ready yet to be applied to construction sector.

PAPIRUS project duration: 17/10/2013 - 16/10/2016


Tecnalia OSLO KOMMUNE  Landratsamt Enzkreis ATC TORINOgeticaa SESTAO BERRI 2010 SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ASM - Centrum Badań i Analiz Rynku Sp. z o.o.