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
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  •  THE CANDIDATE 

You have an innovative project of rooftop greenhouse?

Are you the owner of a flat roof building or you know someone with an available roof? 

Are you based in the North West Europe area (the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Northern Germany and Northern France) or Spain?
 
If you meet these conditions, we invite you to participate in a pioneering project in construction and urban farming by developing a rooftop greenhouse, an innovative way to produce food locally and share energy.

All legal person is able to respond the call.

  • WHY APPLYING 

If you wish to launch an innovative project in the field of sustainable agriculture and you want to be a key player in reducing CO² emissions, this open call is made for you!

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

You will also benefit from the visibility of this international project financed by Interreg and in partnership with many organisations specialized in construction, urban farming and research.

  • OUR OBJECTIVE 

In its aim to boost the rooftop greenhouses sector, GROOF is launching an open call and is offering the candidates a unique chance to receive a personal coaching from rooftop greenhouse experts.

GROOF area of knowledge covers all the aspects required to achieve a rooftop greenhouse project.

  • GENERAL PROCESS

  • ANY QUESTION?

OPENCALL@GROOF.EU

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URBAN AGRICULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE IN NANTES, WHAT ARE THE PROSPECTS ?

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Thursday 13 June 2019 - Ecole Centrale Nantes Amphitheatre As part of the European Interreg GROOF project, which develops and analyses the synergies between greenhouses for plant production and architecture, a morning of exchanges and discussions is organised with professional actors from Nantes in this new urban dynamic. Architects, urban farmers, local authorities, the agricultural world and builders will come to develop their views on the future of Nantes and its urban agriculture... and architecture! Come and discover and exchange with them, on June 13th at the Amphitheatre of the Ecole Centre, to understand and build together our cities of the future. Read More

Living City Conference "Urban Farming & Green Buildings" : GROOF in the spotlight!

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The international LIVING CITY conference is back ! The theme of this new edition will be Urban Farming and the green buildings. Don't miss THE "urban farming" meeting in the presence of the Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development Carole DIESCHBOURG who will present the national Urban Farming strategy and where the GROOF project will be in the spotlight ! Read More

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. 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. Read More


 

Open call contact: opencall@groof.eu

General contact: contact@groof.eu


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GROOF project is coordinated by the CDEC (Conseil pour le Développement Economique de la Construction), with the support of the INTERREG NWE programme, and carried out with eleven partners (public and private) from Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

Each partner brings valuable skills and knowledge to the project such as construction process and methodology, building energy management, urban agriculture development, knowledge of plants and cropping systems, entrepreneurial skills, socio-economic skills, etc.

Find the partners interviews here.

Company Country Field of expertise
Conseil de Développement Economique pour la Construction Luxembourg Building/construction
Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Belgium Agro-socio-eco
EBF GmbH Germany Energy/Technic
ASTREDHOR: Institut Technique de l’Horticulture France Agro-socio-eco
Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment France Energy/Technic - Building/construction
Hochschule Trier Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement Germany Energy/Technic - Agro-socio-eco
Groupe One Belgium Agro-socio-eco
Cluster Eco Construction Belgium Building/construction
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain Energy/Technic - Agro-socio-eco
Les Jardins de Gally France Energy/Technic - Agro-socio-eco
Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment Luxembourg Building/construction

 

       Press release of the Open Call :       

            Download in English 

            Download in French

MEDIA KIT

Official photos, logos and interviews are available in our Media Kit.

 

PRESS CONTACTS (ENGLISH/FRENCH) IN BELGIUM:

Nicolas Ancion - GROOF Open Call Project Manager : nicolas.ancion@uliege.be (+32 481 62 24 30)

Aurélie-Anne Jacquerye - Groupe One Project Manager : aurelieanne.jacquerye@groupeone.be (+32 492 25 28 27)

 

SAMPLE OF PARTNERS INTERVIEWS

Read more in the full interview of the partners

What expertise do you bring to GROOF project?

"We offer knowledge in circular economy and material flow management, especially in regards to energy and resource efficiency and management. HS-Trier/IfaS has also an expertise in environmental assessment methodologies, such as greenhouse gas emission accounting, in order to contribute to the identification of potentials to improve buildings’ environmental performance. Thus, we contribute to GROOF with technical support including technical monitoring of CO2e performance in order to maximise emission savings."

Thomas Anton: Hochschule Trier Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement, Germany

"Innovation, sustainability, health, three key words representing the impact of GROOF project!"

Pierre Raulier, Project Manager, Centre de Recherche en Agriculture Urbaine, Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium

Quelles seraient les principales raisons pour un développeur de projet d'installer une serre sur toit ?

"Au Luxembourg, un maître d'ouvrage pourra se convaincre de faire une serre sur le toit de son bâtiment en prenant en  compte les arguments suivants :

  • utiliser et rentabiliser un espace perdu
  • augmenter la performance de son bâtiment grâce à un système qui isole, voir chauffe son bâtiment tout en s'autofinançant
  • apporter une plus value dans la vie sociale des bâtiments de logement ou tertiaires."

Marcel Deravet - Sustainable construction project manager, Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment, Luxembourg

What were the motivations of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) to get involved in GROOF project?

"Transfer knowledge accumulated during the last ten years of work and research within ICTA-UAB in urban agriculture in southern Europe. Also, help promote Urban Agriculture in cities and, in this way, reduce CO2 emissions in buildings and make horticultural production more circular."

Xavier Gabarell Durany, Projet Leader, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

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