The Vice President of the Government of Navarra and Minister of Housing, Jose Maria Aierdihas held a meeting this afternoon with a broad representation of companies, universities, professional associations, technology centers and other sectoral agents to propose and promote the project of setting up a Association for the Industrialization of Construction in Navarraas well as to collect their contributions and request their collaboration.
The meeting, held at the Palacio de Navarra, was also attended by the Minister for Economic and Business Development, Mikel Irujo; the General Director of Vocational Training, Tomas Rodriguez; and other representatives of the Government of Navarra. The presentation of the project before the nearly 40 attendees has been carried out by the managing director of Nasuvinsa, Albert Bayonneand of William Dorronsorofrom Zabala Innovation, which is also participating in this initial phase to design and promote this associative project.
Among the attendees, leading construction companies and other auxiliary companies in the sector, the two Navarran universities and vocational training centres, the professional associations and consortiums in the field of architecture and engineering or the Association of the Industry of Navarra, among other entities.
Promote public-private collaboration
The new association will be born with the aim of bringing together companies from the private sector and public entities, initially from the territorial area of Navarra, but in the future it could be coordinated with other initiatives at state level, such as the Building ClusterOffsite Construction Hub, etc.
Within this framework of public-private collaboration, the association will work to position Navarra as a benchmark in industrialized construction both at a national and European level, as well as to facilitate dialogue between companies and those responsible for the different policies involved.
It will also promote the development of joint R&D and innovation projects, catalysing access to additional funds available for this type of initiative and creating channels for sharing knowledge, skills, experiences and, above all, resources.
Finally, the entity will also be able to support the commercial action and communication of its partners with potential clients (stakeholders) and will develop joint projects, jointly addressing the entry into new markets.
After the impulse received in this first meeting, in the following weeks progress will be made in the process for the formal constitution of the Association for the Industrialization of Construction in Navarra. For this, the statutes, regulations and the start-up plan will be proposed to the partners, which will cover the period 2022-2024.
Vice President Aierdi, in his speech, referred to the “moments of uncertainty” that the economy for the consequences of invasion of Ukraine and has transmitted a message of optimism and confidence to Navarrese society and to social and economic agents. “The best way to face this difficult context of international crisis is to continue working together in favor of strategic projects for the prosperity of the Autonomous Community, among which the creation of the Association for the Industrialization of Construction stands out for its special importance. of Navarra”, he declared.
The Minister Aierdi has pointed out the importance of attracting to Navarra funds froml Recovery Plan for Europe Next Generation and he added that “for this it will be a key factor to demonstrate that we have the capacity to manage them to invest them effectively and with a vision of the future, contributing to the necessary transformation of our economy”.
For his part, the managing director of Nasuvinsa, Alberto Bayona, spoke at the closing ceremony to explain that “the contributions and suggestions received in this preliminary phase will help define the project of the Navarrese association for the industrialization of construction”, which the Government of Navarra will present in a new work meeting with the sectors and agents involved.
“We are excited and want to support this project, which should also be your project. We will support it decisively and firmly, and generously in the initial moments until it reaches cruising speed and can develop projects that allow it to be largely self-financing, in the framework of the public policies of the Government of Navarra, aligned with the objectives shared with the sector”, he declared.
National Center for Construction Industrialization and Robotics
The association project presented arises after the agreement announced by the Government of Navarra and the State to create in our Community the national center for construction industrialization and robotics, a training and research institution, with a strong component of applied research, which is unprecedented in this sector and which aspires to be a European benchmark in this field. The initiative was already included in the Ecological Transition Strategy – Navarra Green, promoted by the Government of Navarra.
This center will have academic line of vocational training in architecture, engineering and digitization; and another of research projects that will be applied later in the drafting of projects and construction of buildings in pilot experiences, for which the direct collaboration of companies in the sector is considered essential. It will also be open to establishing collaboration frameworks with the Public University of Navarra and the University of Navarra, and with other international academic entities, such as the ETH Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, a benchmark in Europe, and with which the Department of Spatial Planning, Housing, Landscape and Strategic Projects, and the public company Nasuvinsa have already opened a collaboration channel.
New way of building
Industrialized construction is a building system that uses innovative techniques and automated processes to carry out the construction of a work, in which the structural components (walls and floors, facade, roof and intermediate floors) are manufactured in a workshop or factory , they are transported to the final location and assembled there. It contemplates automation and the use of robots, both in the plant and in the final location, as well as 3D printing techniques, although many of the initiatives in these areas are still in the experimental phase.
It is linked to various initiatives to digitize the sector, as well as to reduce the carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency. It shares some elements with the construction of prefabricated houses (it is produced entirely in the plant) and with modular construction (whole blocks are produced in the plant, which are later assembled in the final location), but it offers advantages over these alternatives.