There is a strong need for public sector innovation in the EU and its member states due to societal challenges of climate change, an ageing population in Europe, the future of the young, social exclusion and the safety of future technologies. Hence the European Commission, member states and industry have introduced what is called The Lead Market initiative to lower barriers to bring new products or services onto the market in six key sectors: eHealth, sustainable construction, protective textiles, bio-based products, recycling, renewable energies. The policy instruments are divided across regulation, public procurement, standardisation, and supporting activities.
In this project – InnoBuild (Public Procurement Innovations and Sustainable Building Systems) – three of these targeted challenges will be dealt with directly:
- climate change, through the standards set for use of building materials, i.e. wood in particular since this is a local asset to the two municipalities, and sustainable development of the building processes. See for example the publication from The European Confederation of woodworking industries «Tackle Climate Change: Use Wood».
- an ageing population, by c ombining innovative building techniques with new technical installations needed for the improvement of the services offered to senior citizens. See for example the Swedish National Strategy for eHealth.
- The safety of future technologies, by determining state-of-the-art for innovative products or services across the EU market, for example in eHealth for senior citizen. Contact will be established with other actors from private and public sector working with relevant issues for this project, for instance as in the case of the Norwegian network organisation Wireless Future.
The overall objective of the InnoBuild project is to contribute to a better political development of public procurement procedures across the Internal Market of the EU by introducing sustainable building solutions regarding use of renewable materials and energy, and the method for purchasing the wanted solutions at budget costs. Hence, when outlining the activities of the InnoBuild project, notice should also be paid to the second order procurement needs and potentially available solutions, such as:
- sustainability and climate smart buildings
- more flexible and target oriented methods for purchase
- industrial and hi-tech oriented solutions
- security and monitoring systems
- universal layout
- possibilities for later reorganisation of units