Living Lab Spain

On 9th October 2019 ACCIONA and Fundación Agustín de Betancourt organized this second Living Lab in Madrid. The event was held in a room, recently enabled by the Craft Caminos organization, within the Higher Technical School of Civil Engineers in Madrid.

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The main objective of this Living Lab was to explore with the academic community the needs and challenges to face the future and train professionals specialized in circular economy and industrial symbiosis in construction.

One of the challenges is to ensure that professionals who join the sector have the necessary skills to maintain and promote this type of symbiosis, which encourages the exchange of information and development of new value propositions. The education system faces the need to respond to these new professional needs, to ensure that the professionals of tomorrow are trained at the university to meet the challenges that organizations are already facing.

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First, FISSAC project was presented by ACCIONA and Fundación Agustín de Betancourt. The conceptual framework, Circular Economy, Industrial Symbiosis and Living Lab concepts were explained. Some examples of the innovative construction products were shown as well as the last case studies and real scale demonstrators carried out in the Project. Then, Ismael Pantaleón (Ideas Infinitas) briefly described the principles of Systems Thinking, as a fundamental tool to have a holistic approach to the challenge to address. This process was complemented with group dynamics, which allowed the concept to be internalized and it created a climate of participation and co-creation. A concept map was prepared to serve as a tool for reflection and to initiate the dialogue and the exploration of alternatives among the Living Lab participants which included students and teachers of the Faculty of Civil Engineers, ex-students and current workers in sector companies. The purpose of the causal diagram was to make assumptions and models visible in the construction sector, identify which are the interdependence between the different agents involved in it and the main forces that facilitate or prevent change.

The participants, in a playful way, worked in groups to analyze the factors that more influence have to boost the Circular Economy in the Construction sector. At the end of the session, each group presented a prototype of ideas or actions to carry out and that would help to meet the educational needs of the University to train specialists in circular economy in the construction of tomorrow.

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The Living Lab organizers, ACCIONA and Fundación Agustín de Betancourt, especially thank Craft Caminos (Daniel, Martín and José Luis) and the Directorate of the School of Civil Engineers for their dedication and participation and for facilitating the organization of the event in their facilities.



Digital tools for synergies identification


The objective of this third multidisciplinary workshop was to learn about some of the current digital tools which allow to concentrate data and visualize materials flows available in a territory and that can therefore serve as powerful tools to promote the creation of synergistic networks within the construction sector.

The third FISSAC Living Lab was organised as a free side event at the construction fair BBConstrumat 2019 and gathered, like in previous editions, experts who represented different professional activities within the construction value chain (designers, architects, manufacturers, associations, universities, construction companies, consultancy companies, etc.).

After the presentation of several tools (MatMap, Escrapalia, RecursResidu, and the Fissac Platform) the workshop concluded with an open debate: What would the different potential users expect from an ideal platform?, which features should it include?, what kind of data should it show?, who should manage such a platform?

Curious about the conclusions of the third FISSAC Living Lab? Don’t hesitate to contact the Símbiosy team (Adriana Sanz Mirabal,!

In the framework of FISSAC Living Labs, ACCIONA and Fundación Agustín de Betancourt organized a Living Lab experience in Madrid that aims to disseminate Circular Economy concept and to address themes related to the FISSAC Industrial Symbiosis model, focused on Circular Economy research and innovation at University and on the deployment of the basic Circular Economy principles at schools and kidergartens.

This first experience, that is part of a series of Living Lab dedicated to Circular Economy and Industrial Symbiosis educational topic, took place in Madrid, 10 May. Main objectives of the information session on Circular Economy are addressing minimization, re-utilization and recycling focused on the recovery and transformation of waste into new materials and aiming to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG12 – Responsible consumption and productions, SDG13 – Climate Action) to build sustainable and resilient societies.

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Circular business models are solid enough only if there is market demand behind, and we all know that users create the demand. Thus, conscious, informed consumers can drive the transition to alternative and circular business models. Some questions arise from this statement:

How would the way we build change if users decided on the design and use of the buildings and public spaces they inhabit?

  • How would the professional relationships among the different actors within the construction value chain be transformed if consumers demanded renewable, healthy materials, bioclimatic buildings, modular constructions designed for deconstruction…?

The second FISSAC Living Lab Barcelona, co-organized by SIMBIOSY together with the Societat Orgànica (a professional cooperative that works in the field of sustainable building) on the 30th of October 2018, , served as a visualization spot of successful experiences and as a space for an exchange of views and ideas.



The purpose of this first multidisciplinary workshop will be to discuss together how companies in the construction and demolition sector can optimize their resources through the means of industrial symbiosis.

This is a participatory working session: attendees will have the opportunity to put their views on the table, and discuss together with other actors about new business models that promote the transformation of the construction sector towards more circularity.

  • Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018
  • Time: from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Location: Instituto de Tecnología de la Construcción de Cataluña – ITeC
    Wellington 19, Barcelona
    Public transport: Metro L1 (Marina station), Tranvía T4 (Marina station)
  • Programme: download here (in Spanish)

Confirmation is required: to confirm your attendance or if you have any questions about the event, do not hesitate to contact the Símbiosy team via email ( or by calling 932 21 86 87.

We look forward to your presence!