One of the documents approved to|in the Lecture of the United Nations about Environment and development (Summit of the Earth|Land, Rio de Janeiro, June 1992), in its|his|her|their Chapter 28, made the local authorities a call to agree with all the implied parts on the realization of 21 Premises Agendas or plans of action|share towards the sustainability.
The Town Council|Consistory from Barcelona started to work and created the Department of Sustainable City, after the local elections of May 1995, differentiated from that of Environment, but related with her through the Commission of Environment and Urban Services. It|He|She was the first step|passage to be able to have a local Agenda 21 in Barcelona. Few months after the constitution of the department, the Plenary of the Town Council adopted unanimously the adhesion of the town à la carte of the European Cities towards the Sustainability (Card|Letter of Aalborg). The year 1998 the Town Council was created about Environment and Sustainability, a forum of participation|shareholding that Premises of Barcelona acted as promoting organ of Agenda 21 and that the strategy of government to|in the criteria emergent from the sustainability elaborated proposals of performance|action to adapt of the city.
In the proposed performances|actions, in May 1999, in the street Nil Fabra 20 of the neighborhood of Gràcia, the Office of Resources|Appeals was born for the Sustainable City (ORCS), an equipment provided with an exhibition|exposure provided with a permanent exhibition|exposure about renewable energies, energetic efficiency, ecological building materials, etc.
L'ORCS had as an objective to promote attitudes, lifestyles and sustainable forms of production, through to give information and advice about renewable energies, sustainable construction, minimization and production of waste, while introducing the realizations carried out in our country and abroad.
A year afterwards the inauguration of the office, the equipment happened to call Barcelona Center of Resources|Appeals Sustainable (CRBS) in order to adjust it to the policies|politics of participation|shareholding and of environmental education of the Town Council of Barcelona and, little by little, the persons interested in sharing the Civic Commitment|Appointment for the Sustainability kept on being converted into an equipment open to all, the frame|mark document of the Agenda 21 of Barcelona, the year 2002 constituted and with validity of 10 years. From that moment the center fixed the objective of supplying information and practical resources|appeals to improve the daily action|share for the sustainability and fostering the reflection and the environment debate to|in the socio-environmental conflicts to those that faced in the city. At the same time, the CRBS accommodated the headquarters|see of Agenda programs 21, School Agenda 21 and the Service of Documentation in Environmental Education.
In year 2006 he|she|it started to struggle about the future prospect of the center, in order to include some more proportionate services to|in the dimension of the city. For this motive, people thought of broadening the impact of the center in a double direction: the networking and the attention to|in the non organized citizenship. In that moment it|he|she turned up the to need to work in a conception of different city equipment to the that the CRBS (more centered on offering services for the entities signatory of the Civic Commitment|Appointment) that showed the policies|politics offered policemen and the initiatives of the civic organizations in the field of the sustainability, and that was|served for promoting a network|net of decentralized centers.
Naturally, as the center was more central and more emblematic, the contents would better be visualized and a typology of bigger|greater public would be reached. However, the current location of the project was not so much simple from describing.
The Factory of the Sun was a project started by the Sustainable Future association, created to make this dream come true, which he|she|it got in the year 1999, the Town Council of Barcelona, to hand them over the municipal property|estate of the center for 20 years, in exchange for hard-there to|in term an intense rehabilitation. From a beginning, the project of the association intended to transform the building, which showed|presented evident symptoms of ageing, into the urban area in a demonstrative, informative and formative equipment of sustainable architecture and of the implantation of the renewable energies.
The lack of implication of companies and institutions implicated in the development of alternatives to the traditional sources of energy with a non yielding project as|like that of La Fàbrica del Sol retarded the starting of the project. The lack of funding to develop the work and the will of finding an equipment concerning for the town council|consistory to spread the environmental education directed at the action|share they made include the starting of the project in the strategic lines of the Program of Municipal Performance|Action (HANDSPAN 2008-2011) of the Town Council of Barcelona and, finally, the 4 October of 2009 it|he|she had place the official inauguration of La Fàbrica del Sol like a new equipment of education environmental policeman who accommodates, moreover, the headquarters|see of the Future association Sustainable.