Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:
- Increased and more traceable reduction of the GHG emissions of buildings in design, construction, renovation, operation and end of life.
- Faster market uptake of design solutions, materials, products, techniques and business models that are demonstrated to reduce significantly building related life-cycle costs and impacts, including whole life emissions, compared to current building completions.
- Mainstreamed affordable high life-cycle performance, and improved circularity of buildings in construction and renovation.
The proposal should:
- Demonstrate innovative design, construction and renovation methods, design and technology solutions that minimise the overall life-cycle environmental impact, reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint of the built environment across the life cycle, from construction to end of life thanks to, inter alia, applying circularity principles throughout the design and construction process, flexible use and lifecycle extension by design, design for deconstruction, disassembly and reassembly, integration of waste, reused, recycled, upcycled and bio-based materials and components, optimisation of design, construction and operation by means of digital tools.
- Deliver scalable full building demonstrations (both new and renovation) with validated performance measurements based on appropriate Level(s) indicators, demonstrating that the proposed methods and technology solutions optimise the use of energy and resources, and minimise the emissions of CO2 and other air pollutants across all phases of the life cycle, including construction and renovation works, and operation.
- Integrate the use of low embodied carbon products and solutions, including those that are locally sourced and bio-based with low carbon impact and capturing / storing CO2, selected based on modelling of their performance in terms of (inter alia) insulating, cooling, acoustic and hygrometric performance, ageing patterns, potential for deconstruction and/or reuse at end of life, and potential for automated / mechanised deployment.
- Identify and integrate local sources of reused or recycled construction products and secondary raw materials for building renovation in urban and rural planning scenarios.
- Where relevant, investigate whether and how the proposed approaches could apply to cultural heritage buildings.
- Seek to ensure from the design phase that the project is developed with a view to integrate its results/deliverables under a digital building logbook.
- Deploy advanced, market-ready prefabs and multifunctional materials and components with optimal recycling and re-using potential (e.g. through new designs enabling the re-use) and optimal performance across relevant areas (energy, durability, safety and protection against fire).
- Demonstrate innovative solutions for optimal design, construction, operation and maintenance of sustainable buildings, including efficient technical building systems, automation and control, digital building logbooks, digital twins and other tools.
- Demonstrate the solutions in diverse geographical areas, with various local environmental, social, and economic conditions.
- Clustering and cooperation with other relevant projects is strongly encouraged; e.g. with the Horizon Europe Partnership on ‘Driving urban transitions’.
This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on ‘People-centric, Sustainable Built Environment’ (Built4People).
Specific Topic Conditions:
Activities are expected to achieve TRL 6-7 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.
Co-programmed European Partnerships