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Spanish large industrial company is looking for innovative solutions to enable circular economy in the construction industry.

Country of Origin: Spain
Reference Number: TRES20190313002
Publication Date: 13 March 2019


A Spanish large construction industry is interested to move towards circular economy models. They are looking for innovative technologies, processes and tools to minimise waste and increase material recovery and reuse in the construction process and at the end-of-life of buildings, ensuring building deconstruction. They are looking for providers of solutions interested in a technical cooperation agreement. This request is part of an open innovation challenge.


A Spanish large company working in the sectors of technology and water engineering, services, construction and materials is interested to move towards circular economy models in the construction sector.

The construction industry is a highly material-intensive sector, generating a large amount of waste. To date, circular economy efforts have been largely focused on recycling construction and demolition waste (CDW) with little attention on the reuse of products and the subsequent decrease in reclaimed materials for reuse.

In order to move towards a more sustainable and efficient industry, the Spanish company is looking for innovative technologies, processes and tools to increase material reuse and reduce waste.

They are interested in specific solutions that could help to achieve the following goals:

1. Construction:
- Minimise waste
- Procure reused materials
- Procure recycled materials
- Off-site construction

2. In use and refurbishment:
- Minimise waste
- Minimal maintenance
- Easy repair and upgrade
- Adaptability/flexibility

3. End of life deconstruction
- Reuse of products and components
- Closed-loop recycling
- Open-loop recycling

This technology request is an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform until 29/03/2019. If an organization does express interest before that date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform to apply directly.

After that date, the Spanish company will select the companies with whom they would like to cooperate. The cooperation will be in the framework of a technical cooperation agreement. Other types of cooperation could be considered.

Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Expertise sought

The solution sought should be a minimum viable product (MVP), a  product, or functional prototype, mature enough to be integrated and validated.

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Requested partner

The Spanish company is looking for start-ups and other companies that can provide solutions to increase material reuse and reduce waste in the construction industry.

The partner sought should have a minimum viable product (MVP) and be interested in scaling up their solution (process, product, or business model) to industrial grade with mutual collaboration and knowledge sharing with the Spanish company. The desired cooperation type is a technical cooperation agreement.

Cooperation offer is closed for requests