European Projects

Amazon mirror water

HYDROUSA is an EU Innovation project submitted and approved under call topic CIRC-02-2016-2017 (Water in the context of the circular economy) (Grant Agreement No. 776643). The aim of the project is to counteract the annual summer-time water-shortages experienced in touristically active regions by the implementation of innovative nature-based systems, at the same time creating jobs and added economic value by merging the individual elements of the water-e... Read more

Santorini Pelargonie

HOUSEFUL is an EU Innovation project submitted and approved under call topic CIRC-1-2017 (Systemic, eco-innovative approaches to the circular economy: large scale demonstration projects) (Grant Agreement No. 776708). The projects aim to develop technical solutions in combination with building-level services to be offered within the framework of closed loop management models. The focus is on solutions that enable the efficient use of water, waste, energy a... Read more

pvadapt_merit consulting house_cut

PVadapt is an EU Innovation project submitted and approved under call topic LC-SC3-RES-6-2018 (Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions) (Grant Agreement No. 818342). The overall goal of the project is the delivery of a prefabricated, modular and multifunctional turn-key BIPV system. This construction method will reduce the complexity and costs, maximizing in this way the accessibility of BIPV systems. Achieving a... Read more

COST Circular Cities

Implementing nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city... Read more

House with tree

ReCO2ST is an H2020 European Union Project addressing the challenges of attaining zero and near-zero energy buildings. The project proposes for the refurbishment of existing building via a systemic 3-step approach: First, the project Refurbishment Assessment Tool (RAT) will identify possible refurbishment scenarios. Secondly, the refurbishment actions will be mapped out (regarding order and costs) using an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) vehicle; and... Read more


Green Integrated Structural Elements for Retrofitting and New Construction of Buildings Plants have numerous positive effects on humans and urban microclimate. Plants remove toxic or harmful substances like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the surrounding air, they therefore reduce air pollution and mitigate urban heat island effects. The integration of plants in buildingfronts will provide further benefits such as additional... Read more

Automate vertECO
alcn vertECO indoor

The main innovation of this project is the coupling of the system with customised sensor & control units that verify the quality of treated and purified greywater, ensuring the accordance with the required standards for other uses (e.g. toilet flushes, irrigation systems, washing machines). The system is also equipped with a special software, based on control algorithms and user-defined settings, which is able to monitor sensor data responding to water qua... Read more

Treibacher fein

Cropping hyperaccumulator plants on nickel-rich soils and wastes for the green synthesis of pure nickel compounds Phytomining can offer an eco-efficient alternative to recover valuable metals from low grade ores with naturally occuring processes in plants. Based on the results from the projects Bio-Ore and PhytoMine the environmental and socio-economic viability of the phytomining cycle will be demonstrated in this project.... Read more


Innovative utilization strategies for biomass from sunflower The sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is one of the world's four most important plants with rapeseed, soy and peanut for edible oil production. In addition, the seeds are also used as ingredients in breads, granola bars, snacks.... The aim of the Helicas project is to develop bio-cascading through new uses of sunflower and to integrate besides seeds, stem as well as leaves and flowers, the... Read more


The use of greywater is an ecologically and economically sensible alternative for applications where no drinking water quality is required. To use nature as a model to make ecosystem services more comprehensible a vertical ecosystem (VertECO) was developed. The greywater (slightly dirty water without faeces, e.g. shower, bath, sinks, …) is purified on a indoor constructed wetlands inside the building. This greywater purification system has a cascading... Read more