Implemented in

  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Colombia

Sectors of activity
Water, Buildings and construction, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Energy, Public Procurement, Industrial Sector

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

135000 US$

Start date

End date

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Jessica Karhu

Senior sustainability specialist

Green Building Council Finland

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By implementing the sustainable construction policy issued in 2015 the aim of the project is to foster the paradigm shift towards an eco-efficient, socially inclusive and economically viable urban development in the Aburrá Valley and its adjacent regions by implementing strategies relevant to the local needs, constraints and opportunities, while keeping view on global priorities. Likewise, it is intended that conceptual, methodological and legal policy framework serve as reference to issue the national policy as well as to formulate similar policies in other metropolitan regions of Latin America and the Caribbean.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Training for SCP

  • Course on the Metropolitan Guidebooks for Sustainable Construction

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Launching event for the local 10YFP project
  • Participation of the 10YFP local project in the national real estate fair
  • Information on financial benefits for sustainable construction
  • Local TV broadcast on the 10YFP local project and the existing local policy on sustainable construction
  • Video on the SBC Trust Fund project in Aburrá Valley
  • Participation in the national fair of real state 2018 - Expoinmobiliaria
  • Participation at the International fair for Construction - Expocamacol
  • Participation on the local TV broadcast "Dialogos Metropolitanos" on the subjet Sustainable Construction

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Use of the metropolitain guidebooks on sustainable construction as criteria to design construction projects
  • Eocnomic study on the cost and benefits of implementing sustainaibility criteria on construction projects

Outcome level

Policy instrument for SCP

  • Strengthening of the Sustainable Construction Policy in Aburrá Valley, Colombia

SCP monitoring and reporting

  • Estimation of GHG emissions from the building sector in Colombia

Impact and Results

The plans for monitoring the progress and outreach are convincing and the planned budget is cost efficient. The approach seems well replicable in other urbanizing metropolitan areas in the LAC region and beyond.

Objective 1 Involve key actors in the implementation of the policy
Goal: No quantitative goal Quantitative results: 64 institutions with which socialization meetings have been held. 16 of them are public institutions and 48 are private companies.

Objective 2 Training of sector professionals in the use of metropolitan sustainable construction guides
Goal: One hundred and fifty (150) professionals
Quantitative results: One hundred sixty-five (165) professionals

Objective 3 Incorporate metropolitan sustainable construction guidelines into demonstration projects
Goal: Three (3) projects
Quantitative results: Five (5) advised construction projects. Three housing projects of priority interest, an institutional project and a commercial project

Objective 4 Analyze the economic implications of the application of the Metropolitan Sustainable Construction Guidelines
Goal: An analysis document
Quantitative results: Document prepared, in the process of layout for publication

Counterpart CAMACOL Antioquia
Objective: Calculate the Emissions of Greenhouse Gases - GHG of the construction activity in the Aburrá Valley
Goal: Study of GHG emissions
Quantitative results: Study carried out, socialized and delivered

Next steps and how to get involved

The main perspective left by this first phase is the creation of an Alliance for sustainable construction as the mechanism through which the voluntary participation instruments of the policy can continue to operate. This would be the platform for the articulation between the private sector, public institutions, the academic community and civil society under the principles of concertation, co-responsibility and transversality, whose purpose is the effective and permanent incorporation of sustainability criteria to the urban development of the Aburrá Valley