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About the Project

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 near zero energy consumption for the repair and construction of buildings in four European locations.

The project involves representatives of the public sector, which 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.

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PAPIRUS project had started in October 2013. Is there a better way to end o project than sharing the results achieved and lessons learned with future potential followers of PPI? PAPIRUS public procurers had held final national conferences in their countries in order to present the knowledge gained on PPI. The national conferences were held in Oslo, Torino and Mühlacker.


More than 50 public procurers and representatives from the industry showed up when Omsorgsbygg (PAPIRUS project Partner - public institution) invited to take a deep dive into the PAPIRUS project on 21st September 2016.

The project has been full of challenges and learning, project manager Lene Lad Johansen starts. Knowing what we do today we would have made some different early decisions. I think the most important lesson learned is that you need to use the market to define the solutions before you describe them in too much detail.

In addition to presenting the process in the PAPIRUS project, Omsorgsbygg presented how the public building company has implemented market dialogue as a process to get the market to create better solutions where traditional solutions can be improved. For instant as in the case of emissions from construction sites. 24 % of traffic emissions in Oslo come from construction machinery. Omsorgsbygg has for the last six months had a dialogue with the market and will from 2017 ban the use of fossil fuels from its construction sites. – The suppliers have had a few months now to prepare and now enough suppliers are ready to meet the demands, meaning we can use it in our public procurements, Johansen says.

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Omsorgsbygg had also invited Caverion, which was the winner of another innovative public procurement, to give the attendants an idea on how suppliers are responding to innovative procurements and dialogue. Caverion has come up with a new concept to change ventilation systems at schools without having to empty them, saving the city millions in expenses over the next few years.

Furthermore the public procurers that showed up got a presentation on the opportunity of innovation partnerships that will be an opportunity in the revised public procurement roles. And the Norwegian Research council was there to give the latest news on possibilities for PPI and PCP projects in Horizon 2020.


The final conference in Italy had been held in Turin on 5th October 2016 in the premises of PAPIRUS project Partner ATC Torino.

The event had been held with the presence of the Counsellor of Innovation of the Municipality of Torino, Mrs. Paola Pisano, and of the Counsellor of Housing of the Regional government.tturin

During the meeting, a balance and a presentation of the lesson learned has been given by the Project Manager of PAPIRUS in ATC Piemonte Centrale, Mr. Gianluca Periotto. The presentation of the architectural part of the project in Rivalta has been given by Mrs. Paola Leto, Architect. A general overview on the legal issues about PPI has been shown by Mrs. Maria Imeneo.

As an example of training as a very important issue in innovation, a presentation of the outputs of BRICKS,  has been given by Mr Claudio Rosso, while Mrs. Laura Morgagni, Head in Chief of Torino Wireless Foundation, has presented a general overview of the Technological National Cluster for Smart Communities as a good practice in cooperation between public and private sector in innovative projects.

After the coffee break, Mr. Lorenzo Lamberti has had a speech about one of the most important issues for PPI in Italy: the prior consultation of the market and the public/private partnership, in the frame of the new Procurement Italian Code. Following a networking lunch, Mrs Gabriella Racca, University of Torino, has had a speech about the common procurement policies in Italy and in Europe as a driver of innovation.


EU Tour002850 people participated in an event which presented the results of the PAPIRUS project in Mühlacker on 9th September 2016. Among them were members of different county and municipal councils, craftsmen of several companies and interested citizens. Miriam Mayer, Kerstin Kopp and their colleagues presented the visible results of PAPIRUS – the partly renewed roof – as well as the procedure of public procurement of innovation which was the main focus of the EU-funded project.

On a tour around the school workshop building of Mühlacker Vocational School the effects could be seen – and felt. While in the old part the air was stale and warm, the new part was cool and fresh but still full of light because of the glazed roof. The second part of the construction works will take place during the summer holidays in 2017.

Within PAPIRUS, partners from Spain, Italy, Norway and Germany worked together to find innovative solutions for energy efficiency in public buildings owned by the partners. A new approach for the process of Public Procurement, the definition of common specifications and a joint Europe-wide call for tenders were part of the project as well.

“We are very content with the results”, Mayer expressed. She said that the international cooperation opened new paths and pointed out the results of the “market event” where producers and craftsmen were invited to present innovative solutions. Special challenges were the limited weight of the new glazed roof and the fact that the building itself could be closed down for construction work only during school holidays.

“The new roof not only fulfils and partly excels the standards for low energy buildings in Germany: In the end the total costs of the operation will cost less public money than expected”, Mayer said.




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