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Pioneer Case

Adlershof Berlin

A short description of the NBS project

The building of the Institute of physics of the Humboldt university in Berlin is the result of combining decentralised rainwater management, building greening and elements for cooling and ventilation. All necessary factors, like water and energy consumption, temperature, radiation, etc., are monitored, evaluated, optimised and documented to gain information about basic conditions for the longterm implementation and further development of innovative and economic technologies. This project gives needed information about benefits of façade greening. The results and experiences of the concept model were integrated into the “Rainwater Management Concepts – Greening building, cooling buildings – Planning, Construction, Operation and Maintance Guidelines” developed by the Senate for Urban development of the City Berlin. Based on concept of decentralised rainwater management, building greening and elements for cooling and ventilation the objective of the intervention is to draw up recommendations for optimal and economical management of technical and innovative components regarding sustainable water and energy resources.

NBS Implementation context
Location Germany, Berlin
Latitude 52.4334167
Longitude 13.530113888
Status Project delivered
Dates 2003.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption medium
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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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
Other 0;
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
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;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? A public institution, a local organization (city or metropolitan)
Contracting Authority Berlin Senate for Urban Development, Department VI,
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Berlin Senate for Urban Development, Department VI & Ministerial Affairs of Building, section ecological construction Main partners: Humboldt Universtity & University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
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. Students and teachers, neighbours
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project more than 5M€
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
Description of the financing mechanism
Business Model
Class Type Description
TechnologicalSubstitute with renewables and natural processes
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation large (beyond 5 years)
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
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field Design_or_techniques_employed
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
IM Keywords
  • green wall

  • green roof