HOUSEFUL project will apply circular economy solutions to the housing sector

04 june 2018

With the main objective of improving the management of resources throughout the life cycle of a building, Houseful project aims to demonstrate the viability of a set of circular solutions in housing, one of the sectors that consumes the most resources in Europe and contributes greatly to the current global problems of shortage and climate change.

This was presented at its launch meeting in Barcelona, by the whole consortium of this European project, composed by CARTIF, AIGUASOL, WE & B, ITeC, ALCN, AHC, VISUM, LGI, GWR, Turntoo BV, Neues Leben, CECODHAS, IDO and HOMEBIOGAS LTD, and under the coordination of LEITAT.

Houseful proposes eleven solutions in order to achieve a more sustainable use of resources throughout the life cycle of a building, taking into account an integrated circular approach in which energy, materials, waste and water aspects are considered. These solutions will foster collaboration among the stakeholders of the housing value chain. The proposed actions will be carried out in Barcelona (Spain) and Vienna (Austria), adapting the concept to different scenarios, including in social housing buildings.  

The circular economy and energy efficiency in housing are two of CARTIF’s main lines of research, so the technology centre will be responsible for the overall management of the four demonstrators. In addition, it will carry out an energy assessment of the building before starting with the interventions, as well as after, based on the IPMVP (International Measurement and Verification Protocol) in order to verify that the goals pursued by the project have been achieved after the implementation of circular solutions.

These solutions will be evaluated from an environmental, economic and social point of view. The results obtained will be used to define and integrated Houseful service that will be promoted through a SaaS (Software as a Service). The SaaS will integrate a Circularity Tool to quantify the circularity level of buildings. Ten European follower buildings will be engaged with the support of a Collaborative Community of Housing Experts to replicate of the project and maximize the impact.

In addition, after the treatment of waste streams generated in the demonstrators, CARTIF will be responsible for designing and installing cleaning and refining systems for the biogas generated in these processes, using membrane technology. The objective of this action is to provide its inhabitants with an alternative source of clean energy.

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