CIRCuIT – Research project Horizon 2020 for circular economy in the construction sector
| A third of our global material consumption and waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings. Therefore, there is an urgent need to take steps for the construction sector to transition from a linear to a circular economy.
The transnational project CIRCuIT-Circular Construction in Regenerative Cities- funded by the European Commission´s Horizon 2020 programme, is primarily concerned with implement circular economy in the value chain of the built environment and to enable cities to initiate circular transitions.
29 Partners from various sectors and city cluster coordinators from Helsinki, Copenhagen, Hamburg and London are working together to achieve this goal. This cooperation enables supporting partners, such as e-hoch-3, to contribute to the realization of the circular economy at all levels of the built environment by implementing sustainability tools such as Ecodesign and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of construction materials. Furthermore, e-hoch-3 will support the project in developing urban planning instruments to support cities in implementing circular construction solutions and setting up a knowledge sharing structure in the form of the CIRCuIT Academy.
More information about the CIRCuIT project can be found at CIRCuIT-Project.eu.
Plastics Economy – plastics in the circular economy
| The event “Plastics Economy – Plastics in the Circular Economy”, which took place on September 24, 2019 by the Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH with the cooperation partner DECHEMA e.V., gives an overview of the use and recycling of plastics and explores the question of how a comprehensive and high-quality recycling can succeed. In addition, measures for the removal of microplastics from industrial wastewater and biodegradable materials were presented as an alternative to conventional plastics.
Dr. Maike Hora from e-hoch-3 gave a lecture on “Ecodesign with Plastics”, which deals with the use of alternative materials in the design phase of products.
Further information about the event can be found at this link.
Lecture on Corporate Sustainability Management
| For the upcoming winter study period 19/20 at the University of Applied Science Darmstadt (h-da), managing director of e-hoch-3, Meriem Tazir, will provide lectures on the sustainability topic Corporate Sustainability Management. Through the courses, students will be able to evaluate the possible uses and results of different measures and design instruments for a company or product development and be able to develop concepts for environmental and sustainability-oriented corporate responsibility.
For further information on the sustainability courses visit h_da.
s:ne update symposium 2019
e-hoch-3 as partner at the update Symposium 2019 for the research project “System Innovation for Sustainable Development” (s:ne)
| The “s:ne update Symposium 2019” took place in the Schader Forum on 24 June as part of the “System Innovations for Sustainable Development (s: ne)” project of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Together with national experts and project participants (Innovative Hochschule (h_da), the Schader-Foundation, Software AG, Öko-Institut eV, Institute for Social and Ecological Research (ISOE), Institute for Housing and the Environment (IWU) and e-hoch-3) work to strengthen the processes of change towards sustainable development.
Key topics included insights into applied transformative research in the field of sustainable consumption, the regional economy and climate protection in the communities. Based on a three-stage model, the methodological challenges were discussed within the framework of three workshop discussions for the development of possible solutions. Key findings included that the right actors should have a common goal in mind and engage in a mutual trusting cooperation in which a common language and defined terminology play an important role.
Video: The s:ne update symposium 2019
Video: System innovation for Sustainable development
Project funded by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Innovative Hochschule)
Corporate Levers for Shared Value
Meriem Tazir speaks at the Young Researchers´ Conference on Corporate Levers for Shared Value – CSR and Corporate Success
|The Young Researchers’ Conference acts as exchange platform on the topics Governance, Compliance & Regulation and is hosted by the Chair of corporate finance at the TU Darmstadt. On this year’s conference, Meriem Tazir from e-hoch-3 presented on her research and the corporate levers in Creating Shared Value (CSV). This business concept, developed by economist and strategist Michael Porter at Harvard Business School, aims to link the competitive advantage of businesses with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by defining the role of corporate businesses in our current economy and society.
For further information please contact us via the following link.
Life Cycle Assessment for designers
Dr. Maike Hora gives an interview for the design journal form on the topic of life cycle assessment
|Many factors play a role in the design of products or services. Those who want to consider not only the functional and economical but also the ecological aspects, ought to consider the entire life cycle of the product. Life cycle assessments (LCA) can be helpful tools that e-hoch-3 also uses to advise organizations and companies around the topic of sustainability. In an Interview with Design journal form, Civil engineer and co-founder Dr. Maike Hora explains how Life Cycle Assessments work, where their limitations are and how designers can meaningfully integrate them into their design process.
Design journal form N 282/2019
The reusable cup for Darmstadt
Development of a reusable system for coffee or tea cups for the city of Darmstadt
|On average, every Darmstadt citizen consumes 34 coffee-to-go disposable cups per year. Annually, more than 5 million cups are disposed of in Darmstadt. With a reusable and deposit system for coffee or tea cups, the amount of discarded disposable cups in Darmstadt should be reduced by at least 20 percent. The urban business group HEAG, the municipal services company EAD, the environmental consultancy e-hoch-3 and the Studierendenwerk have been involved in this cooperation project together with the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da) and the city of Darmstadt. As part of this project, e-hoch-3 created a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of different types of systems and thereby supported the decision-making processes in the design and development of the Darmstadt reusable cup.
Impact h_da – Der Mehrwegbecher für Darmstadt
Artikel in der Frankfurter Rundschau.
Artikel in der Frankfurter Allgemeine.
Corporate Governance and Sustainability in professional football
Symposium on the most important governance and sustainability topics in the Bundesliga
|Thousands of fans are drawn to the football stadiums for excitement, enthusiasm and joy. But what role plays social responsibility and sustainability for the fans when it comes to their favorite sport? And how can sustainability aspects and football be integrated even better?
Members of football clubs, representatives of investment organizations, specialists for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and our sustainability expert Fr. Tazir of e-hoch-3 discuss these and other questions in the Symposium on Corporate Governance and Sustainability in professional football. The interview will be led by moderator and operator Ralf Leister of FußballWirtschaft in Frankfurt am Main.
Symposium “Corporate Governance and Sustainability in Professional Football”.
Throwing away does not mean gone
Environmental expert Dr. Maike Hora speaks with the Darmstädter ECHO about waste.
|Especially at Christmas time, the garbage cans get particularly full. Experts predict that a total of 20 to 30 percent more garbage is thrown away during Christmas. This is partly due to the increasing trend to buy gifts online rather than in the shop. However, this also causes that thrown away packages start to pile on the doorstep. How can we avoid waste as consumers?
Dr. Maike Hora holds a PhD. in waste technology and talks with the local newspaper Darmstädter ECHO about the topic.
ECHO Online Article “Wegwerfen heißt nicht weg”(german only)
Maike Hora in an interview about plastic with NaturEnergiePlus
For the Eco-friendly energy provider NaturEnergiePlus, Maike Hora is not only available as a consultant, but also for questions and answers as an expert on circular economy.
|The accidental discovery of the plastic by the scientist Baekeland has left a lasting mark on our lives and the following generations. Plastic meets us in everyday life and is just as essential part in almost all economic sectors, as well as in the workplace. However, despite the valuable utility of plastic, it is becoming clearer today that this material has spread not only in our living environment but also in the natural environment and is now leading to irreversible ecological consequences. The situation can only be overcome by sustainable decisions and a conscious use of plastic.
“The carefree handling is the main problem and not the material itself.”
Plastic upcycling: devil stuff or the gold of tomorrow? (german only)
We are celebrating our 10th anniversary!
We are celebrating our 10th anniversary!
|Founded during the year of the economic crisis 2008, e-hoch-3 has established itself during the past 10 years with our management board Dr. Ing. Maike Hora and Meriem Tazir, into a well-positioned and acknowledged company. Today we work with a variety of projects, from analysis of environmentally relevant company factors to the future planning of sustainability strategies. We sincerely thank all who have gone this way with us!
EcoScreen for product development
In collaboration with the Universities of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt and Darmstadt, e-hoch-3 supports the creation of “EcoScreen”, an Eco-design tool for product development.
|During the development phase of a Product, environmental considerations are often placed only on the usage phase, although production or waste processes are equally or sometimes even more important for the environmental impact of the product. In order to promote an integrated life-cycle perspective for designers and product developers, e-hoch-3 collaborated with the University of Applied Science Frankfurt (Frankfurt UAS) and the University of Applied Science Darmstadt (h_da) on the research project “EcoScreen”. The research project aimed at the “Short-term assessment of production and waste treatment in EcoDesign”, through which the environmental decision-making process of developers is supported. The project also aimed to expand and build on several study modules offered by both Universities that deal with Eco-Design.
How environmentally friendly is the developed product? (german only)
E-hoch-3 supports access for disabled people at Darmstadt´s biggest music festival
E-hoch-3 appears again in the local newspaper ECHO as supporter and collaborator in the development of a disability access plan for the biggest music festival in Darmstadt, the Schlossgrabenfest.
|The Schlossgrabenfest is a four-days long music festival around the Darmstadt city center with more than 100 Bands and over 400.000 visitors every year. To provide better accessibility for disabled people throughout the festival and the city, the Organizers (Stage Groove Festival) have approached e-hoch-3 to develop together with the Club for Disabled and their friends (Club Behinderter und ihrer Freunde – CBF) a disability access plan. For the Schlossgrabenfest 2018, this plan includes a full route through the area with access for wheelchairs, signs to the toilets for the disabled, warnings on difficult access points and the best view spots to the stages for the disabled. The full article can be found under the link below.
ECHO-Online News Article
E hoch 3 in interview with the local newspaper ECHO
In honour of its 10 years of existence in Darmstadt, Germany, e hoch 3 meets for an interview with the local newspaper ECHO.
|Our company e hoch 3 was established 10 years ago in Darmstadt, Germany, and became part of the local businesses that have found their home in the city of science. In honour to its anniversary, managing directors Dr. Maike Hora and Meriem Tazir met with the local newspaper ECHO in an interview to tell about the e hoch 3 history and work approach. The full article can be found in the link below (in German only).
ECHO-Online News Article
Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC) 2017
Presentation of the SMC-Excel Project at the Mass Customization and Personalization Conference (MCPC) 2017 in Aachen, Germany.
| The Mass Customization and Personalization Conference (MCPC) engages academics, business leaders and consultants in the development and discussion on Mass Customization and Personalization (MCP) strategies.
Together with our partners RWTH Aachen University and SUPSI we introduced the final results of the SMC Excel project, a collaborative research venture on the market potential and application of sustainable Mass Customization in the area of consumer electronics with focus on Televisions.
Two papers regarding the environmental impact and environmental assessment of Mass Customization were introduced by Dr. Maike Hora (e-hoch-3), Alena Hänsch (e-hoch-3) and Prof. Luca Canetta (SUPSI). Next to the paper presentations, our partner from the University of Aachen, Stephan Hankammer, presented final results on the market potential for a sustainable Mass Customization business model. The MCPC 2017 also marked the final stage and successful delivery of the SMC-Excel Project.
MCPC Conference 2017
Presenting the SMC-Excel configurator at the IFA 2017
Introducing the SMC (Sustainable Mass Customization) configurator in partnership with VESTEL and RWTH Aachen University at the IFA trade fair 2017 in Berlin
| With its 1.085 exhibitors, the IFA is one of the leading technology trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances in the world. IFA 2017 took place from 1-6 September in Berlin.
Together with our partners VESTEL and RWTH Aachen University from our SMC-EXCEL research project, we introduced the final prototype of a sustainable web-based configurator for televisions at the IFA 2017. The SMC (sustainable mass customization) configurators’ innovative features consist in the offer of sustainable product attributes and information on the environmental footprint of the television.
Publication on sustainability goals implementation in business
Paper publication in „Innovation in sustainability research“ with focus on the implementation of sustainability goals in businesses and development of a Prioritization Tool
| The implementation of sustainability goals at company level is one of the foundations for the direct and indirect implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is an essential prerequisite for value-adding sustainability innovations in the company.
This paper shows that as a basic prerequisite, a company initially needs an understanding of its own development status in the implementation of sustainability topics (sustainability maturity level) in the organization. Only then appropriate measures can be selected and thus sustainability innovation potentials be recognized and implemented. In collaboration with medium-sized companies from Germany, a so-called “Prioritization Tool” is being developed, which is used to identify the respective sustainability maturity level derive suitable measures. The basis for the definition of the different levels is based on an analysis of the state of research with regard to the sustainability aspects and mechanisms that contribute to the added value in companies.
Publication: Innovation in der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung. Ein Beitrag zur Umsetzung der UNO Nachhaltigkeitsziele.
Konferenz zu kundenspezifischer Massenproduktion (Mass Customization) und Personalisierung
Internationale Konferenz zu kundenspezifische Massenproduktion (Mass Customization) und Personalisierung (MCP-CE)
| Die siebte Internationale Konferenz zu kundenindividueller Massenproduktion (Mass Customization) und Personalisierung MCP-CE fand vom 21.-23. September 2016 in Serbien statt.
Die Konferenz unterstreicht die Rolle und Bedeutung des Themas Co-Creation. Co-Creation birgt eine Chance für Innovation und neue Geschäftsmodelle wie Mass Customization und Open Innovation. Außerdem fördert es beispielsweise den Austausch von Entwürfen und Entwicklungen und Menschen können von den Erfahrungen anderer Personen profitieren.
Dr. Maike Hora (Managing Director, e-hoch-3) war Teil der Konferenz und präsentierte das aktuelle EU-Forschungsprojekt SMC-Excel, an dem e-hoch-3 beteiligt ist. Das SMC-Excel Forschungsprojekt hat folgendes zentrales Anliegen: Die Verschiebung der aktuellen Massenproduktion von Produkten mit kurzen Technologiezyklen zu einer TV Mass Customization Produktion, welche die individuellen Bedürfnisse der Kunden trifft und gleichzeitig die Umweltverträglichkeit erhöht.