Greening of buildings in the Basque Country

Categories: Construction Material, Economic, Eco Consumption, Energy

Organisation: SPRILUR S.A.(Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Basque Government)

Localisation: Basque Country


SPRILUR S.A. is a public authority, which is integrated in the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government. SPRILURs intervention in the business market is aimed at guaranteeing the provision of public land and sufficient good quality industrial buildings to meet demand, while promoting industrial and business activity as a source of employment and wealth in the Basque Country.

Since 2009, within all tenders for the construction, restoration and design of industrial buildings (from the design stage to the execution of works), SPRILUR include as part of the award criteria, the degree of sustainability of the proposed project, which is based on the application of guides for the sustainable development of industrial buildings and urban development projects.

Green procurement in schools in Badalona

Categories: Legal, Paper, Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy, Recycling, Wood

Organisation: Badalona City Council (Spain)

Main partners:

Ecoinstitut Barcelona

Localisation: Badalona (Spain)


Six schools were chosen to participate in a project aimed at analysing and developing best practice guidelines for the green procurement of five product groups: school materials, building maintenance, cleaning, food and IT products. In addition, the City Council procured a kit of green school materials available to the six participating schools on demand.

Circular procurement of furniture in Venlo

Categories: Legal, Metal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Glass, Waste Prevention, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Recycling, Wood

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Venlo (The Netherlands)

Localisation: Venlo (Netherlands)


After discarding rehabilitation of the old city hall building as an option due to the bad technical condition of the building and high maintenance costs, the city of Venlo decided to demolish the old building and erect a new city hall that would satisfy the current needs of accessibility and functionality, while delivering at the same time a positive contribution to the town, the staff, the environment and the economy. A design and build competition was launched in 2009, in which designers were asked to present their vision of a sustainable building, making sure to include the use of appropriate safe and healthy materials which can be recycled after their lifetime.This brief focuses on the tender process of the office furniture.

Designing green bus shelters in Cornwall

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Design, Legal, Economic, Metal, Glass, Energy, Wood

Organisation: Cornwall Council (United Kingdom)

Localisation: Cornwall (United Kingdom)


In 2011 Cornwall had around 6,000 bus stops with a wide range of associated shelters and signs. A programme of improvements to the quality and sustainability of this transport infrastructure, based on need and capacity, was created. The sustainable procurement of bus shelters was conducted in three stages: design; prototype development; and large scale production. This example focuses on the design stage.