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Dear reader,

In the last weeks Europe has been hit by the fourth wave of COVID-19; some countries, such as Austria and Germany, are strengthening the restrictions and other ones are evaluating which measures to take. Despite the difficult times, in the last months, the EU-funded HOUSEFUL project has been able to reach important results.
First of all, we have worked on the development of the SaaS platform. This will allow us to have both an instrument to quantify the circularity level of the residential buildings and an interactive platform to encourage the stakeholders of the building sector to co-create business opportunities in the circular economy. This solution will be applied showing those services demonstrated in the four HOUSEFUL Demo Buildings as reference for the new CEBOs.
Secondly, in the eco-village Cambium (Austria), one of the HOUSEFUL Demo Buildings, two new technologies can now be installed as part of the HOUSEFUL project: vertECO, an innovative water reuse system developed by our partner alchemia-nova and the Homebiogas system, which turns kitchen waste into cooking gas and fertilizer.

In the Bloc dels Mestres Demo Building, instead, last summer was installed manually a corkboard insulation, known as ETICS, that covers the existing envelope of the building and aims to stabilize the interior temperature.

Moreover, we have joined forces with other six EU-funded projects that, like HOUSEFUL, operate in the Circular economy sector: CINDERELA, CIRCuIT, CityLoops, COLOR CIRCLE, DRIVE 0, ICEBERG. In the next months, we are going to collaborate with them to share the respective results and maximize the impact of each project on society. We have also collaborated with the community of MADASTER to share the value of HOUSEFUL with the actors and stakeholders of the building sector.
I believe that you are looking forward to knowing more about all this. Enjoy your read and let me remind you to follow our Twitter and LinkedIn profiles to remain updated!

Carolina Carbò
HOUSEFUL project coordinator
LEITAT Technological Center
The demo building “El bloc dels Mestres” is becoming more and more environmentally friendly
Last summer we reached a new, important, milestone: the installation of corkboard insulation.
How to bring circularity principles to life in a residential building in Spain
Project partners organised a workshop to implement three co-creation ideas in our demo building Quirze del Valles.
New tech recycles domestic wastewater and kitchen waste
The permit for the small-scale anaerobic digestion (biogas) was approved in Austria. The HOUSEFUL solutions in Cambium can now be implemented.
How nature-based solutions could help Vienna grow vegetables for its inhabitants
A paper by alchemia-nova quantifies the recoverable nutrient budget in household wastewater and municipal source-separated organic waste and food.
The HOUSEFUL project forges ahead in the building sector
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the HOUSEFUL project pushes on towards the emergence of a circular economy in the building sector
From blackwater and biowaste to clean energy
A study by CARTIF Technology Centre shows how to upgrade biogas production from blackwater and biowaste via membrane contactors.
Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy
One hundred years on, the influential movement is born again amid Europe’s push to reduce emissions in the carbon-heavy housing sector.
Passports to defend the rights of the building materials
The construction industry is a major source of pollution and building materials should not be wasted but recycled. New material passports aim at bringing circular economy to buildings.

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