ARV – Climate Positive Circular Communities (CPCC)

Project ID: GA no. 101036723
Funding provider: Horizon 2020
Investigator at UCEEB: Ing. Robert Wawerka, Ph.D.
Project duration: 1. 1. 2022 – 31. 12. 2025
Partners: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Architects Council of Europe, Technical University of Denmark, Danfoss AS, ENFOR AS, Project Zero, EURAC Research, SINTEF, Palma City Council, IBAVI, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, METROVACESA, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Housing Europe, Buro de Haan, Center Denmark/EU Digital Innovation Hub Sønderborg Andelsboligforening, Green Digital Finance Alliance, Stichting Bo-Ex ‘91, RC Panels, Utrecht University, Municipality of Utrecht, Bos Installatiewerken B.V., iWELL, MEX Architects B.V., Mitros
Stichting Portaal, Municipality of Karvina, Dolomiti Energia
Habitech, University of Trento, Politecnico of Turindi Torino,
Oslobygg KF, NanoPower, AIGUASOL

The vision of the ARV project is to contribute to speedy wide scale implementation of Climate Positive Circular Communities (CPCC) where people can thrive and prosper for generations to come.
The overall aim is to demonstrate and validate attractive, resilient, and affordable solutions for CPCC that will significantly speed up the deep energy renovations and the deployment of energy and climate measures in the construction and energy industries.
To achieve this, the ARV project will employ a novel concept relying on a combination of 3 conceptual pillars, 6 demonstration projects, and 9 thematic focus areas.
The 3 conceptual pillars are integration, circularity and simplicity. Integration in ARV means the coupling of people, buildings, and energy systems, through multi-stakeholder co-creation and use of innovative digital tools. Circularity in ARV means a systematic way of addressing circular economy through automated use of LCA, digital logbooks and material banks. Simplicity in ARV means to make the solutions easy to understand and use for all stakeholders, from manufacturers to end-users.
The 6 demos are urban regeneration projects in 6 locations around Europe:

  • Oslo in Norway
  • Sønderborg in Denmark
  • Karvina in the Czech Republic
  • Utrecht in the Netherlands
  • Palma in Spain
  • Trento in Italy

They have been carefully selected to represent the different European climates and contexts, and due to their high ambitions in environmental, social and economic sustainability. Renovation of social housing and public buildings are specifically focused. Together, they will demonstrate more than 50 innovations in more than 150,00 m2 of buildings.
The 9 thematic focus areas are

1) Effective planning and implementation of CPCCs,
2) Citizen engagement, environment and well-being,
3) Sustainable building re(design)
4) Resource efficient manufacturing and construction workflows,
5) Integrated renewables and storage,
6) Energy management and flexibility,
7) Monitoring and evaluation,
8) Business models, financial mechanisms, policy and exploitation,
9) Communication, dissemination, and stakeholder outreach.

The project is funded by the Green Deal initiative and falls under EUs framework programme Horizon 2020, GA no. 101036723.

Figure 1: The concept of ARV with the 6 demonstration projects of Climate Positive Circular Communities riding on the renovation wave (3 waves containing the pillars of integration, circularity, and simplicity) supported by the different stakeholders working together to make innovations in 9 thematic focus areas.