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Danubians Cradle-to-Cradle Architecture and construction processes

Framework: Danube Reginal Programme
Duration of the project: 01.01.2024 - 30.06.2026

Aim of the project:

The DECORATOR project is leading the way in revolutionizing the way buildings are designed, constructed, and utilized of the Danube Region by embracing cradle-to-cradle principles. 
This initiative aims to bring circularity and sustainability into architecture and construction processes, using the region as a practical testing ground for innovative practice.Key achievements of the DECORATOR project include the development of sustainable building materials and techniques, innovative eco-business models, and the enhancement of digitalization within the construction sector, tailored to benefit a wide range of stakeholders, from industry professionals to local communities.
Through our five pilot actions aimed at mapping local resources, developing innovative business models, and more, we exemplify the practical application of our principles. 
These initiatives are set to significantly influence the construction sector, driving it towards greater sustainability and innovation.
PILOT1 - Production: Our focus here is to delve into local resources, leverage traditional knowledge, and integrate contemporary construction practices. By doing so, we aim to revitalize these practices, fostering sustainable development within our communities.
PILOT2 - Use: In this pilot, we are dedicated to reshaping the construction industry's business model. 
We aim to adopt the values of the New European Bauhaus, paving the way for a new era where sustainability isn't just a goal, but a core principle guiding everything we do.
PILOT3 - End of Life: Our objective is clearaim is to help take down buildings in a green way, encourage using materials again, and find ways to create less waste during construction. Through this pilot, we aim to redefine the lifecycle of buildings, ensuring sustainability from inception to dismantling.
PILOT4 - Materials: Our mission is to discover new materials and find new ways to use them, all to make construction products more sustainable. We're aiming to use the latest materials and techniques to push the limits of eco-friendly building.
PILOT5 - Design: In this project, our goal is to encourage creativity and artistic expression, all while sticking to sustainable building principles. We're inspired by the DECORATOR portfolio to blend beauty with eco-friendly design, creating a built environment that's both visually impressive and environmentally friendly.

Project partners:

  • Technology Park Ljubljana (TPLJ) - Slovenia - Lead Partner
  • University Nova Gorica (UNG) - Slovenia
  • Business Upper Austria (BIZ-UP) - Austria
  • Creative Region Linz & Upper Austria (CREARE) - Austria
  • Pannon Business Center (PBN) - Hungary
  • Hungarian Innovation Cluster for Construction (MIENK) - Hungary
  • Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK) - Croatia
  • Croatian Wood Cluster (CWC) - Croatia
  • Bayern Innovative (BAYINNO) - Germany
  • Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (THRO) - Germany
  • Regional Wood Cluster (PROWOOD) - Romania
  • Foundation for Innovation, Technology and Transfer of Knowledge (FITT) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of Belgrade - Faculty of Forestry (UBFF) - Serbia

Activity of PBN:

Leveraging its deep understanding of the local landscape, PBN will lead efforts to identify and utilize regionally available materials and expertise for sustainable construction practices. Collaborating closely with project partners, PBN will contribute to the development and refinement of eco-friendly building materials and construction techniques specifically tailored to the unique environmental and socio-economic considerations of the region.
Additionally, PBN will spearhead the creation of innovative business models that prioritize sustainability, fostering a culture of eco-consciousness within the construction industry. By facilitating the adoption of digital technologies and tools, PBN aims to enhance efficiency and reduce environmental impact across the construction sector. Through targeted outreach and community engagement initiatives, PBN will ensure widespread understanding and acceptance of the benefits associated with sustainable construction practices, fostering buy-in from stakeholders at all levels.

Budget in Euro:
Project overall budget: 2,570,644,38 €
Interreg Funds (PBN):  131 192,99 €

Project homepage: https://interreg-danube.eu/projects/decorator
Program homepagehttps://interreg-danube.eu/
Project manager: Zsófia Kocsis (zsofia.kocsis@pbn.hu)

'This project is supported by the Interreg Danube Region Programme project co-funded by the European Union'