Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Green roofs, Urban green spaces management

Biosolarroofs

A short description of the NSB

The Green Roof Competence Centre (now Urban Ecology Research Group) of the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW, Switzerland), together with other partners from Austria (BOKU), UK (Onsite Training), Sweden (SGRI), France (INIT), Spain (Link) and Hungary (Sound Garden) cooperated between 2011-2015 to develop a common strategy to promote the combination of solar energy and biodiverse green roofs among professionals. This project named Biosolarroofs was funded by the EU-Life Long Learning Program with a total funding support of €250.000. The project aimed to overcome the conflict between the emerging European solar panels (PV and thermal panels) and the older green roof markets, both targeting rooftops. Biosolar roofs are the combination of biologically diverse greened roofs and photovoltaic and thermal panels which generate renewable energy from the sun. The primary aim of the biosolarroof project was to develop accredited training programs that would nurture workforce skills to install and maintain a biodiverse green roof that will hold solar panels as well as stimulate pollinators. The first step was to set up a preliminary investigation on the benefits related to the combination of biodiverse green roofs and solar PV. The second step was to inform professionals and decision makers. This was followed by developing training facilities to implement and maintain the biosolar roofs with a quality/standard level. Six European countries constituted the partnership of the project, each struggling with the implementation of renewable energy and biodiversity conservation. However, biodiverse green roofs as measures within the Green Infrastructure toolbox are not yet homogeneously fostered. The main objectives were the levelling of the differences in weighting and targeting measures in each country and its own political/professional systems, as well as a shift towards an improvement of biodiversity conservation measures.

NBS Implementation context
Location EU
Status (from - to) Project delivered (2011-2015)
NBS Scale Object (building)
NBS Impacts scale Object (building) Neighbourhood City
Urban density/ Soil consumption High (dense city center, etc.) Medium Low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
NBS Typology


NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Waste
Recycling
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Health
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
Other
NBS Stakeholders & Governance

The Green Roof Competence Centre (now Urban Ecology Research Group) of the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW, Switzerland), together with other partners from Austria (BOKU), UK (Onsite Training), Sweden (SGRI), France (INIT), Spain (Link) and Hungary (Sound Garden) cooperated to Biosolarroofs project. The main objectives are the levelling of the differences in weighting and targeting measures in each country and its own political/professional systems, as well as a shift towards an improvement of biodiversity conservation measures.

Initial actors (Leaders) Community Research institutions
Involved actors Governments Local government/municipality, Community Research institutions, Market Private sector
Ecological scale Local scale green area
Governance model CLUSTER 5: Network Governance Collaborative governance
NBS Financial aspects

This project named Biosolarroofs was funded by the EU-Life Long Learning Program with a total funding support of €250.000.

Global (estimated) cost of the project 200k€- 1M€ (€250.000)
Financing mechanism CLUSTER 1: Public financing EU-Life Long Learning Program
NBS Business Models Archetype
Technological Substitute with renewable and natural processes
Social Non applicable
Organisational Develop scale-up solutions
NBS Success and limiting factors
Process enablers
Knowledge Generation of evidence Research on benefits, Collaboration Networks, Information accessibility and sharing Knowledge platforms, Awareness Climate Change
Governance Process efficiencies Collaboration, Co-creation and participation Cross sectorial spaces and partnerships Co-production
Economy Create conditions for new business models and finance schemes
Process inibitors
Knowledge Uncertainty Performance unknown
Governance Institutional barriers Lack of flexibility of decision making structures
Economy Perception of the benefits Short term vision
IM Keywords
  • Collaborative governance

  • Local scale green area

  • EU-Life Long Learning Program

  • Substitute with renewables and natural processes

  • Develop scale-up solutions

References
www.biosolarroof.com Catalano C., Baumann N. (2017). Biosolar Roofs: A Symbiosis between Biodiverse Green Roofs and Renewable Energy. CityGreen Report. Link: www.researchgate.net/publication/321331555_Biosolar_Roofs_A_Symbiosis_between_Biodiverse_Green_Roofs_and_Renewable_Energy