One of the key research objectives pursued by GRACE was the provision of comprehensive reviews of the existing evidence on the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants – considering both risks and possible benefits.

Since 2004, the European Standardization Organization (CEN) has been developing a comprehensive standardization of the building assessment at European level within the framework of the Technical Committee 350 (Sustainability of construction works).

The project aimed to increase the integration of ventilation systems with heat recovery into social and multifamily housing. It investigated how central and semicentral ventilation systems are to be optimized, meaning equipped with simple distribution, installation, control and servicing, and prefabricated components.

The Project investigated Indian experiences with the implementation and social organisation of village solar power plants on the Sunderban Islands in West Bengal, and their contribution to social and economic development, poverty reduction and climate adaptation.
The project aimed at bringing socially relevant issues and consumers perspectives into the discussion about smart metering in order to ensure a technology design which is socially sound, considering fundamental rights and user needs.

Comprehensive and comparable city profiles with a focus on climate and energy issues were developed for 20 selected Austrian “Smart Cities”.

As basis for this project metrological results of multi floor passive house buildings, the analysis of the user behavior and the definition of quality criteria for “thermal comfort” and “user comfort” in passive house buildings were used.

The aim of the project was a better understanding and modeling of effects of user behavior on energy performance in office and service buildings, built with lowest energy building and plus-energy building techniques. The results support facility managers of office buildings and integrate gender and diversity issues.

The project at hand investigated how actor roles, resources, and strategies as well as institutional frameworks relevant to energy cooperatives and similar forms of local ownership in the area of renewable energy technologies have developed over the last years.