The overall aim is to establish a general framework of “Zero Emission Buildings”, which will allow for inclusion of future technical development and societal insights. The project will foster exchange of newest developments and compilation of best practice examples in order to accelerate the development of decentralized and building integrated services engineering technologies and infrastructure systems by innovative system configuration of single technologies as well as their marketing in Europe and Korea. The specific objectives are:

  • To reduce the direct water footprint by up to 100% through on-site Water Supply and Waste Water Management according to the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management through minimization of fresh water demand by approx. 50% through application of water efficient systems, collection, processing and recycling of wastewater for reuse for non-drinking purposes, rainwater harvesting and management for drinking water production and augmentation of freshwater bodies.
  • To design and operate an up to 100% organic waste free building through collection of human urine and reuse as fertiliser, collection of solids from black water and organic waste for fermentation and composting processing, and subsequent local use of thus produced black fertile soil in horti- and agriculture.
  • To attain net zero energy consumption through minimization of the buildings service energy demand, and local production, efficient utilisation, and storage of renewable energy.
  • To foster no additional building and service costs (monetary) in comparison with reference buildings through smart and integrated design and planning as well as savings in centralized infrastructure systems and conventional service costs.
  • To integrate food production into the building, with soil based and aquaponic systems in greenhouses, shelves and balconies.
  • To create benefits through integration and creation of synergies between social (didactical and social), environmental (resource efficiency and productivity) and economical aspects (cost efficiency and local economy).