GrAT is a scientific
association for research and development of Appropriate Technology. Since 1986,
GrAT has been proactively responding to a wide range of relevant issues in
・ Renewable ressources
service systems (PSS)
The long-term vision/mission
of the association is to establish systematically developed sustainable
solutions, and to demonstrate the feasibility of those solutions through
successful implementation projects. Coordinated dissemination activities enable
more and more citizens and stakeholders to be aware of the alternatives which
are better in resource efficiency and beneficial to human well-being. This
stepwise approach is believed to contribute to bringing us to the sustainable
Exemplary accomplishments of
GrAT include the sustainable building demonstration ‘S-HOUSE’, a new renewable material for injection moulding,
development and various applications of natural fibre and glue composites, and
a supportive toolset for product service system development. Especially with
regard to the extreme resource and energy efficiency of the S-HOUSE, GrAT has
won many of national and international awards.
The diverse backgrounds and
expertise of the GrAT members in process engineering, mechanical engineering,
industrial design, computer science, biology, agriculture, and project
management, is one of the strengths of the group. Based on their multidisciplinary
knowledge and experiences, synergetic and innovative R&D performances are
achieved. Moreover, the associated partner organisations of GrAT in the fields
of architecture, cleaner production, and management, flexibly form
solution-oriented partnerships in order to take action in a broader variety of themes.
The common conviction of the
group is that the new way of technology development contributes to the
improvement of our quality of life, and that it should be responsible for its
social and ecological consequences at the same time. To reach the goal, it
concerns the whole processes of R&D project entailing analysis, planning,
design, implementation, monitoring and dissemination. Furthermore, the
knowledge gained from those projects is fed into the educational programmes for
college and university students, as well as into practical training and
capacity building programmes for professionals and individuals.
Today, sustainable solutions
are urgently needed not only for developing countries, but also developed ones.
GrAT develops independent and long-term solutions, which suit the regional
circumstances and demands. It provides innovative and sophisticated consultancy
services to governmental institutions, communities, and companies. Through
international co-operations, strong cross-cultural partnerships with other
European and Asian countries have been built up.
The headquarters of GrAT is
based at Vienna University of Technology in the city center of Vienna, and its branch, the Boeheimkirchen
Center (BOEZAT), is located in Lower Austria. The website www.grat.at presents information on the
projects in sustainable materials, building, cleaner production, and others,
and provides technical briefs and contemporary activities.