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Innovative circular solutions and services for new business opportunities in the EU housing sector

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 project’s aim is 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 and material resources. These solutions will be sought and developed in co-creation workshops with stakeholders and will be available to the public in an on-line software.

A wide spectrum of technical solutions will be developed and demonstrated at four demonstration buildings (two in Spain, near Barcelona, one in Vienna and one in Fehring, Austria), and then translated into circular business models developed with expert stakeholders. One of the frontrunner buildings is the Cambium Community Project in the former military barrack in Fehring, Austria. It is planned to collect the organic waste from the building and transform it into usable resources. Organic solid waste will be converted into biogas, used directly within the building and the digestate will be composted on site. The liquid organic-waste components will be processed by a vertical plant-treatment unit, producing valuable fertilizer for on-site agricultural use.

BIM (Building Integrated Modeling) surveys of all 4 demonstration buildings, and the creation of “Material Passports” to enhance recovery are foreseen within the project, as well as the development of a method to evaluate the circularity of buildings.

alchemia-nova will apart from coordinating the demonstration building Cambium, work intensively with stakeholders from all areas, and is also responsible for all greening cycles and their automation processes, as well as for a series of other tasks as a circular economy pioneer.



Project coordination
LEITAT – Technological Center – Acondicionamiento Tarrasense

Project partner
ITEC – Institut de Tecnologia de la Construccio de Catalunya
Fundacion CARTIF
Agencia de l´Habitate de Catalunya
VISUM Limited
AIGUASOL – Sistemes Avancats de energia Solar Termica – SCCL
LGI consulting
Architekturbüro Reinberg ZT GmbH
Turntoo B.V.
Neues Leben
Housing Europe – Comite Europeen de Coordination de l`Habitat Social AISBL
WE&B – Water, Environment and Business for Development
iCube Programme – Fondazione iCons
IDP Ingeniera y Archtitectura Iberia SL
IRIS Technology Solutions

Project status
Start 5/2018, duration 54 months
Project website:
Call: H2020-IND-CE-2016-17 (Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy)
Topic: CIRC-01-2016-2017
Innovation Action
Grant Agreement Number:  776708
Overall project costs: € 8,535,247.50
EU participation: € 6,997,228.50