Kubik, the first experimental building in the world, is in the Basque Country
Arriola highlights the "firm commitment" of the government to "promote the sustainability, quality and innovation" of buildings in the Basque Country
Modular, flexible and dismountable. These are the main characteristics of the first experimental building in the world, Kubik, inaugurated this morning at the Zamudio Technology Park. This building will enable experiments to be made in the field of energy efficiency, the sustainability of buildings and implementation of technologies that will allow the construction of the ecoefficient buildings of the future, allowing for a reduction in CO2 emissions and energy consumption in the home, which represent 40% of the total energy consumed in Spain. The Minister of Housing, Public Works and Transport, Iñaki Arriola, emphasised the "firm" commitment of the Basque Government to the development of R&D&I and especially, to providing incentives to ensure the "sustainability, quality and innovation" of all buildings in the Basque Country. "The basic function of Kubik is innovation, to ensure that in the future, all buildings are constructed with advanced building methods that make them more sustainable, efficient and of higher quality", he added.
Tecnalia has constructed the first experimental building in the world, Kubik. This "pioneering" project has been developed with the collaboration of the Basque Government and aims to research, develop and implement sustainable and ecoefficient architectural and building technologies to reduce energy consumption (40% of the energy consumed in Spain is in the home) and greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. The Minister of Housing, Iñaki Arriola, defined it as a "singular" building and drew attention to the fact that "the future of the building industry must be based on a greater development of technological know-how and innovation". For that reason, his Department will "provide incentives to ensure the sustainability, safety, quality and innovation of the building projects we undertake". "The basic function of Kubik is innovation, to ensure that the buildings of the future are constructed with advanced building methods that make them more sustainable, efficient and of higher quality", he added.
In addition to the Minister of Housing, Public Works and Transport, Iñaki Arriola, the inauguration was also attended by the Housing Minister, Beatriz Corredor, the Innovation Secretary of the Central Government, Juan Tomas Hernani, the delegate of the Central Government, Mikel Cabieces, and the Vice President of Tecnalia, Asis Canales, and its Managing Director, Joseba Jauregizar.
Kubik is a modular, flexible and dismountable building, with a maximum of 500 m² distributed on three floors and a basement. The building is equipped with a monitoring and control system, with more than 800 sensors, that provides information both on the interior and exterior of the building, for the development of R&D activities. Energy is supplied by a combination of conventional and renewable energies (geothermal, solar and wind). Twenty-eight industrial companies have collaborated in this project.
This project offers small and medium-sized companies in the building sector "the possibility of working in the field of innovation with an acceptable cost" through the Tecnalia technology network. It enables the building to be used as a platform to launch new products on the market and as a testing laboratory "under real conditions of use".
This new infrastructure represents a new tool for the transfer of R&D&I to the industrial fabric, increasing wealth and high added value employment.
On the other hand, for the government this represents an opportunity to take part in a project to support research applied to a sector which is undergoing an extensive restructuring process, to increase in the energy efficiency of the region as a whole and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a reduction in its dependence on external energy sources.