“Agrourban Sustainability: Ecoinnovation in energy, water and CO2 waste flows in buildings for food production”
Until recently, rooftop greenhouses have been an external addition to building structures. The ICTA-ICP building hosts the first building-integrated rooftop greenhouse, also called RTG-Lab. The integrated nature of this structure enables the exchange of energy, water and CO2 flows between the building and the rooftop greenhouse.
Fertilecity I studies the technical and environmental feasibility of rooftop greenhouses as new food product systems for Mediterranean urban areas. To do so, the project applies multidisciplinary methods to the initial implementation and operation of the RTG-Lab, such as life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, building energy modeling and rainwater harvesting models. The RTG-Lab is expected to generate environmental, social and economic benefits thanks to:
- a more efficient production system that reduces energy consumption in the food production and transport
- the development of local economies
- the creation of more efficient and comfortable buildings