So-called “Zero-Emission” buildings do not produce harmful emissions. In opposed to that they may even have positive environmental impacts because they can produce energy, water and resources. Decentralized innovative technologies and systems for the realization of Zero emission buildings were developed and successfully applied in Europe. However, due to the very limited number of case studies, there is still immense demand for applied Research regarding the development, optimization and marketing of such systems, as well as regarding the international transferability of technology and system approaches.

The aim of this interdisciplinary project with international partners and young scientists is to fill this gap by compiling the best practices from participating countries (plus from the specific networks of participants) and by formulating a general framework for the zero-emission buildings, which will integrate a plethora of aspects, and will be adaptable to different climatic and cultural environments.

The project activities will be associated with the process of design, construction and operation of a “Zero-Emission School” which will be built in the period from 11/2012 to 11/2013 in Pundang, South Korea. This construction of the new building for the “Saint Paul Preparatory School” offers a unique possibility for applied research by analysis and Evaluation of innovative building integrated technologies and systems, developed by the international consortium. Workshops, site visits, analysis and evaluation according to sustainability criteria will be used to define the development, optimization and marketing of the applied Technologies and systems. The project will analyse the transferability of the research findings and of best practice examples of project partners to different building types (e.g. housing & commercial), different urban settings of the participating KORANET partners.

The concerned technologies and systems facilitate the decentralized production, and use of renewable energy as well as the management and local reuse of water and organic waste streams, amongst others for effective
pollution control and local food production. By application of new and innovative technologies, and by creation of synergies between the building design, the construction and the different building services Engineering systems (e.g. between water -, ventilation - energy and Food production systems), a highly resource efficient and productive school can be realized. The results promise immense potential for multiplication and for fostering sustainable rural and urban (re-)development.