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48 months (2022 - 2025)
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Project type:
UE-funded research - H2020 - Green Deal
Funding body:
COMMISSIONE EUROPEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA))
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The overall objective of the ARV project is to contribute to a speedy wide-scale deployment of CPCCs around Europe. ARV will facilitate a fast market uptake and cost-efficient replication of the CPCC concept, and thus significantly contribute to the full decarbonisation of Europe by 2050. To do this, the ARV CPCCs will employ the following goals and reach the target values shown in Table xx: 1) Achieve high levels of cost-effective, low carbon, and energy-efficient buildings that are easy to design, construct, operate, and use, provide high comfort and well-being for occupants, supports sustainable living, are well-integrated into local contexts, and have high architectural qualities (WP3, WP4). 2) Enable sustainable planning of buildings and districts while ensuring comfort and well-being (WP2, WP8) 3) Employ innovative and sustainable solutions for local renewable energy sources (RES) and storage (WP6), creating net positive energy and zero emission communities, documented by measurements (WP8). 4) Employ innovative strategies for operation of the CPCC including optimal dynamic matching of on-site renewable energy generation and local energy consumption in buildings, integrated with associated electromobility charging. The strategies should optimize based on energy and power tariffs, energy self-consumption, or GHG emissions, or a combination of all (WP7). 5) Creating new energy services and revenue streams for building owners and tenants by exploiting local flexibility and energy/power trading (WP7). 6) Reduce the embodied GHG emissions in materials by applying the 10 steps of the circularity ladder defined by Cramer (2017) , namely to refuse, reduce, redesign, reuse, repair, refurbish, remanufacture, re-purpose, recycle and recover (WP4, WP5, WP6). 7) Reduce Life Cycle Costs (LCC) by employing optimized industrial and prefabrication processes, optimal use of local resources, efficient design, construction and operation using digital technologies and tools (WP5, WP7, WP8). 8) Reduction of air pollutants towards zero for the total life cycle, shown through cradle-to-cradle Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (WP5, WP8). 9) Achieving high levels of occupant satisfaction, comfort and well-being, documented by measurements of indoor environmental qualities (IEQ) and occupant surveys during construction and operation (WP3, WP4, WP5, WP8). 10) Achieving high architectural qualities by designing good spaces for people to live, work, and thrive (WP3, WP4, WP5). 11) Accommodate learning, training and sustainable behaviour by engaging citizens in green living labs in local schools, community centres, and as informed users in public and private buildings (WP3). 12) Facilitate speedy scale up of CPCC innovations by addressing key policy targets, effective financing mechanisms, codes and regulations (WP9). 13) Communicate and disseminate activities carried out in ARV and provide plans for exploiting innovations (WP9, WP10) In addition, the ARV project will address policy, financing mechanisms, and regulatory issues affecting the scale up of the CPCC innovations related to each goal above. The ARV project will focus on the opportunities and possibilities within the political framework to scale up the CPCC innovations, and thereby address how the CPCC ought to be organized to trigger wide-scale implementation. The specific definition of a CPCC is given below, and KPIs with related metrics and baseline values are given in Table xx. As a means to achieve these goals, the ARV project aims to deliver 6 large-scale, real-life demonstration projects of Climate Positive Circular Communities, including a wide range of promising technologies, processes, and social innovations. The demo projects will serve as innovation hubs for co-creation among the key stakeholders, living labs for testing and optimizing ARV solutions based on stakeholder/user interaction, and lighthouses for inspiration, learning and dissemination. The demo cases are selected to be representative of different climates and contexts in Europe, spanning from north to south, and east to west. They all have high ambitions with respect to energy performance, energy/power flexibility, utilization of RES, minimization of greenhouse gas emissions, low investment and operational costs, circular economy, high architectural qualities, and achieving high levels of safety, security, and well-being of the occupants and users of the areas. The projects include substantial innovations that address all the focus areas in the call (ref section xx). All the innovations have a large potential for replication and scaling up throughout Europe. The demonstration projects have high emphasis on efficient renovation of buildings, including social housing. Also, the projects include the construction of new buildings of different building types. They are all part of urban transformation and regeneration projects aiming to become smarter by the use of digital technologies/tools, addressing citizens, businesses, workforce/commuters, entrepreneurs, academia, public authorities, and non-profit organizations, and actively engaging in bottom-up co-creation to identify, develop and implement suitable solutions. The projects include innovation clusters and stakeholders representing the whole value chain needed to achieve a transformation to CPCC, including municipalities (Oslo, Utrecht, Palma, Karvina), developers ( ), owners ( ), urban planners (), architects ( ), engineers (), contractors (), suppliers of materials, components and services, energy companies (), facilities managers, occupants, NGOs, research and educational institutes (NTNU, DTU, UU, HU, IREC, CVUT), etc.

People involved



  • NTNU Norges teknisk naturvitenskapelige universitet - Coordinator
  • Dolomiti Energia
  • EURAC Research
  • Habitech


ERC sectors

PE8_11 - Sustainable design (for recycling, for environment, eco-design)

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 11. Rendere le città e gli insediamenti umani inclusivi, sicuri, duraturi e sostenibili


Total cost: € 21,316,651.63
Total contribution: € 19,998,408.55
PoliTo total cost: € 345,937.50
PoliTo contribution: € 345,937.50

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