Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
MA 48 – Green wall
A short description of the NBS project
The administration department of waste management (MA48) in Vienna developed a pioneer program for greening buildings to investigate the effects on heat flow in winter and the influence on the heat transfer losses and heat demand of the building. The facades were to create ecological niches for insects and birds and positively affect the surrounding indoor and outdoor climates, too. With this easy to be seen living wall, the department reached a greater public interest and awareness for green facades and managed to improve the quality of the urban space in this area. Because of the very complex implementation process of vertical green and the need of successful interdisciplinary cooperation between several stakeholders, followed among others because of this successful pioneer projects, a project was launched by the City of Vienna in 2016, to work on defining legal requirements and framework conditions and implementation instruments.
A successful pilot projects like this help form processes to implement greening façades in public spaces. This pilot project MA 48 provides a valuable basis to help future investors make decisions, and to optimize designs.
NBS Implementation context
Description of the NBS
object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale
object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption
high (dense city center, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Leader: Tech metall
Main partners: IBLB - Institute of of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction , University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Municipal Department 48 - Waste management in Vienna
Municipal Department 22 - Environmental Protection in Vienna
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
University and private company decided to develop a vertical green wall and has applied for R&D project for realisation and could convince municipality
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Employees and neighbors
Administrated by municipality departement
Global Estimated cost of the project
Description of the financing mechanism
The project was funded by the City Council of Vienna, Municipal Department 22 (Environmental protection)
Substitute with renewables and natural processes
Maximize material productivity and energy efficiency
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention
more than 30
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Innovative green wall system
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
Local press (several newspaper/magazin/institutions)
international attention - at that time largest green wall in Europe
University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna (BOKU): project and master thesis
Municipality Departement of Environmental Protection Vienna - MA 22