Sustainable Re­sour­ce Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on

Sustainable Resource Application (SURAP) is a software solution that enables the environmental assessment of buildings within Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) boundaries.

The first version of SURAP has been integrated into Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a plugin in Revit modeling software. By using SURAP, the building designers can quantify and visualize the material, water, energy and climate footprints of the different building design options.

Since 1st February 2021, the founding team of SURAP has received a scholarship from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within theEXIST Business Start-up Grant, which supports innovative, knowledge-based and future-oriented projects.

The founder of SURAP is Dr. Husam Sameer, who obtained his doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Bringezu at the University of Kassel. In his doctoral thesis, he developed the scientific basis for SURAP. The start-up project is supported by Dilan Glanz and Gerrit Christoph Herder.

Dilan graduated with a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering. The topic of her thesis was the application of software solutions for LCA of buildings. Gerrit graduated with a Master's degree in Sustainable Management. The SURAP team is supervised by UNIKAT, the start-up consultancy of the University of Kassel.

Link zum Surap-Video

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
EXIST-start-up grant

Project duration
February 2021 - April 2022
Mentors of the team
Prof. Dr. Stefan Bringezu
Dr.-Ing. Clemens Mostert
Project support
UNIKAT University of Kassel

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The first stage comprises the further development of SURAP, the validation of the calculation methodology and its implementation in compliance with standards and regulations. In addition, this stage includes regular updates and quality checks of the database.

The second stage includes the preparation of video tutorials, which are covering the essential basics of working with SURAP and functionality. This stage will also include the organization of webinars.

The third stage includes the elaboration of marketing instruments, the launching of a startup firm, the integration of the international sustainability certification systems into SURAP. Examination and design of the legal requirements and framework conditions of the market launch.