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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 made available to the public as on-line software.

A wide spectrum of technical solutions will be developed and demonstrated at four demonstration buildings (two in Spain, near Barcelona and ​​two in Vienna, Austria), and then translated into circular business models in conjunction with stakeholders. At alchemia-nova’s office building, which was selected as one of the demonstration sites in Vienna, it is even projected for the collection of organic waste from the building and converting it into usable resources. Organic solid waste will be converted into methane, heat, electricity and soil in a biogas and thermal plant, employed again directly within the building. The liquid organic-waste component will be processed by a vertical plant-treatment unit, producing valuable fertilizer for urban agriculture. In totality, the innovations should result in an energy-positive building.

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 the simplest possible method to evaluate the viability of buildings.
alchemia-nova will not only provides a demonstration building and work intensively with stakeholders from all areas, but is also responsible for all greening cycles, the automation of processes, and a series of other tasks as a pioneer of the circular economy.


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

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