Interregional project: “Ecological building and purchasing”

The GVV (municipal administration union) took part in an EU-promoted, interregional project. It had been started by the environmental association of Voralberg and included all 96 towns and municipalities of the Austrian Bundesland Voralberg. The goal of this project was to bring together the potential of the towns, their know-how and skills in order to create a shared pool of resources and generate synergies for further development and qualification.

The following objectives were set:

1. Ecological qualification of the building and purchasing management through cooperation at the city level. The potential of as many communes as possible should be concentrated through a network to provide its members with the following benefits:

  • Sharing the state of knowledge as well as new know-how in ecological construction and procurement with the civil servants working in the responsible departments.
  • Providing help with allocating ressources for planing and construction or reconstruction of public buildings based on ecological criteria.
  • Providing assistance with the procurement of goods and services in the office sector.

2. Reducing the complexity and cost of calling for proposals and the placing of contracts by using electronic procedures and databases in regard to construction projects. This is necessary as additionally focusing an ecological aspects would otherwise increase complexity and cost.

Tools were developed which provide their user with support in specifing a call for proposals and the evalution of received proposals, therefore reducing the time needed and making it easier to reach environmental goals.

Also the development of “Öbox”, a database providing interested parties with an environmental rating of construction parts, was continued. Originally the project was started to help architects and building owners fulfil certain environmental standards to secure financial support from the Voralberg government.

3. Unification of different ecological standards for public buildings and, as a result, a standardized ecological evaluation of building products.

If ecological and energetic standards are even applied during construction or reconstruction of public buildings, they often differ. As a consequence, the susceptibility to errors increases in both the planing and construction phase. It follows that unified standards are essential to further the awareness and acceptance of focusing on ecological aspects in both, the public and private building industry.

The following institutions have taken part in this project:

  • Town Constance, main office and department of construction
  • Environmental Assosication Vorarlberg
  • Town Ravensburg, main office
  • Town Bad Säckingen
  • GVV (municipal administration union) Donaueschingen
  • Environmental Specialist Agency, St.Gallen
  • Energy-Institute Vorarlberg
  • EZA Allgäu

Project duration

The project started in April 2005 and was finished in 2008.

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