GROOF - Greenhouses to Reduce CO2 on Roofs


Project Summary

The GROOF project is an innovative cross-sectoral approach to reduce CO2 emissions in the construction and agricultural sectors by combining energy sharing and local food production. The idea is to use roof greenhouses as a tool for:
   - recovering actively the produced and not consumed heat generated and otherwise lost by the building that supports the structure (through the ventilation system) and passively (30% heat lost through the roofs on average) in vegetables and herbs production,
   - collect CO2 produced by human activity and building activities to "feed" the plants,
   - reduce transport-generated CO2 emissions by producing plants locally.  The greenhouse itself is an extra activity located outside of the building but sharing energy with it in order to make both of the structures more efficient.

Concretely, the project will facilitate the emergence of this type of greenhouse on the market by demonstrating and disseminating among the actors of construction and agriculture good practices favorable to the development of profitable and functional business and social models.

The project will aim specifically at:

   - identifying and reducing barriers to market access (urban planning rules, technical regulations, insurance, etc.),
   - supporting first users in the implementation of their project,
   - experimenting and demonstrating the effectiveness of technology for a representative number of business and social models. The results of each activity will be shared with the target communities (e.g. regional and national public authorities, SMEs and large companies, research centers).


GROOF will invest in four pilots, designed to prove the effectiveness and durability of the models related to different building types. GROOF will then launch this solution on the European market.


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Project Partners

  • Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

    7 Place du 20 août
    Liège
    4000
    Belgium

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  • EBF GmbH

    24 Robert-Bosch-Straße
    Bensheim
    64625
    Germany

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  • ASTREDHOR: Institut Technique de l’Horticulture

    44 rue d’Alésia
    Paris
    75682
    France

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  • Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment

    88 avenue Jean Jaurès
    Champs-sur-Marne
    77447
    France

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  • Hochschule Trier Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement

    9926 Campus Allee
    Birkenfeld
    55761
    Germany

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  • Groupe One

    69 rue de la Station
    Braine le Comte
    7090
    Belgium

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  • Cluster Eco Construction

    1C Rue Eugène Thibaut
    Namur
    5000
    Belgium

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  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

    Ed. Rectorat Campus de la UAB s/n
    Cerdanyola del Vallès
    08193

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  • Les Jardins de Gally

    Ferme de Vauluceau Route de Chèvreloup
    Bailly
    78870
    France

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  • Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment

    5 Zone d’Activité Economique Krakelshaff
    Bettembourg
    3290
    Luxembourg

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  • Conseil de Développement Economique pour la Construction

    5 Zone d’Activité Economique Krakelshaff
    Bettembourg
    3290
    Luxembourg

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Conseil de Développement Economique pour la Construction Nicolas Zita 5 Zone d’Activité Economique Krakelshaff
Bettembourg
3290
Luxembourg
n.zita@cdec.lu www.cdec.lu
Name Contact Name Email Country
Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Haïssam Jijakli mh.jijakli@ulg.ac.be Belgium
EBF GmbH Franz Schreier franz.schreier@ebf-gmbh.de Germany
ASTREDHOR: Institut Technique de l’Horticulture Guillaume Morel-Chevillet guillaume.morel@astredhor.fr France
Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment Maeva Sabre maeva.sabre@cstb.fr France
Hochschule Trier Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement Thomas Anton t.anton@umwelt-campus.de Germany
Groupe One Marc Lemaire marc.lemaire@groupeone.be Belgium
Cluster Eco Construction Hervé-JAcques Poskin hj@ecoconstruction.be Belgium
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Xavier Gabarrell xavier.gabarrell@uab.cat
Les Jardins de Gally Nicolas Brulard nbrulard@gally.com France
Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment Christophe Mélon c.melon@ifsb.lu Luxembourg
  • You
You have a rooftop greenhouse construction project ?
You own a building with a flat roof and you want to valorize it ?
You want to be an innovative actor in the reduction of CO² emissions?

GROOF is able to fulfill your targets by providing an assistance to realize your own project of rooftop greenhouse.

  • Our objective

Allowing you to make your project of building a rooftop greenhouse a reality and to boost the rooftop greenhouse sector

  • What you can gain

      1. Save time and money while benefiting from accurate and professional free advices regarding all the process of a rooftop greenhouse project
      2. Obtain an attestation from our experts, allowing you to have more legitimacy and leverage with potential investors
      3. Benefit from a free consultancy from Europeans experts in energy, building,  food production and business model

  • Who can answer the call

You are a private individual, an independent professional or represent a company or a public institution...


Your project may focus on different objectives: R&D, commercial, social, or any other orientation...


Only two criteria are compulsory: being in the north-west Europe Area and the will of reducing CO² emissions

 

  • How it's gonna work ?

 

Any questions ? Ask us on opencall@groof.eu


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GROOF idea goes global

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9th International Circular Economy Week & Conference took place at Environmental Campus Birkenfeld on 22 – 26 October 2018, welcoming 250 participants from 25 countries. The foci of this year were Zero Emission strategies and technologies towards Circular Economy. Many topics were addressed to a broad audience, including energy efficiency; renewable energies; waste, water and soil management. The Conference welcomed policymakers, researches, practitioners, and students from both Germany and abroad. Partner-universities from Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, and Taiwan sent their delegations in order to expand their knowledge of Circular Economy. The Conference served as an international platform for exchanging ideas and learning best practice examples. No wonder, the GROOF project was discussed there as well. Prof. Dr. Peter Heck, the Managing Director of IfaS, introduced GROOF to the international audience during his welcome speech on Green Growth. He addressed the issue of CO2 emission reduction and the importance of cross-sectoral approach. GROOF is a perfect example of increasing energy efficiency and creating additional value to buildings. Moreover, the audience acknowledged the nexus between CO2 emission reduction and natural crop production. Urban gardens, that exist upon the waste heat and the CO2 from human activities in the building, were highly appreciated by the listeners of Prof. Heck‘s speech. It is important that such ideas as GROOF receive international attention and are speaking up to a large number of listeners. Thanks to the Circular Economy Week & Conference, both the participants from developing and developed countries had a chance to get a recent update on the project. What is more important, the younger generation of students (including internationals) could also discover the idea of GROOF and discuss it after the conference session. Read More


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