>> At EU level, the housing sector is responsible for 9% of GDP, but it also consumes 50% of materials extracted, 40% and 30% of available energy and water respectively, and produces 30% of all waste and 35% of all greenhouse gas emissions. New approaches to dealing with our resources are necessary, and on the way with this project. <<
The project deals with the topic of circular economy in the housing sector. The Houseful approach aims at the efficient use of water, waste, energy and materials for all stages of the life cycle of a European building. The main objective is the development and presentation of integrated systemic services, consisting of eleven cycle solutions. These are being developed together with stakeholders of the existing value chain of the housing sector. The IBA_Vienna supports Houseful in spreading the results of the research process. The circular-economy solutions developed are to be made available to a broad public. The connection between ecological and economic sustainability and social processes points to the future of new social housing. Houseful links ecological aspects in the use of resources and recyclable models in housing with social, cultural and economic aspects.
What can be recycled and how often?
Houseful is developing an evaluation method to quantify the recyclability of buildings in the different stages of their entire life cycle. This includes an assessment of the materials used, the dismantling capability and material recovery in the case of dismantling, and the energy, water and nutrient input in relation to recovery.
How do cycles work in a building?
Using four showcase buildings in Austria and Spain, Houseful is researching, testing and demonstrating cycles and project methodology on a large scale.
What are the effects?
Houseful tries to evaluate the ecological and also the socio-economic effects of the presented recycling strategies.
What is the benefit for the construction industry?
In order to ensure the marketability of the developed recycling solutions, an integrated systemic service is being developed in the form of software for the housing sector, which can be used to quickly and easily evaluate the various solutions for a specific case.
What can we learn from this?
Houseful will make guideline recommendations at local, regional, national and EU level for the promotion of circular economy in housing construction.
And how does this appeal to people?
Through broad stakeholder participation and the involvement of residents, the Houseful solutions should be widely accepted by the public and relevant interest groups.
The Houseful approach is presented on a large scale at four locations in Austria and Spain, with the concept being adapted to different conditions (e.g. social housing). The solution approaches are evaluated under ecological, economic and social aspects. In order to replicate the Houseful results and to maximize the impact of the project, ten additional European buildings will be worked on during the project with the support of a group of housing experts.
What effects does the project team expect from the planned interventions?
Innovative interventions for efficient material, waste, water and energy management in the entire value chain of buildings, development of eleven cycle solutions within an integrated systemic service
From May 2018 to October 2022
This project was funded under Grant Agreement No. 776708 from the European Union Research and Innovation Program (Horizon 2020).