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MA 48 Green Facade

A short description of the NBS project

The headquarters of the Municipal Department for Waste Management (MA48) are lined with a green facade. A total of 2.850 meters of aluminum trays are installed on 850sqm of facade. In close collaboration with BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) and the Municipal Department for Parks and Gardens (MA42), 6 types of plants are selected from 60 suitable plant species. Approximately 17.000 plants are planted, mainly perennials, grasses and herbs. The plants grow between 15 and 60 cm high, some like the catnip blooms colorfully during the summer. Green facades offer a great potential for dust filtration and air improvement. The green facade additionally offers a rain and wind protection and has a positive influence on the sound and heat insulation. The project is implemented together with MA42 and scientifically monitored and documented by BOKU University and the Institute of Meteorology. The BOKU documented microclimatic effects such as air temperature and humidity in front of, in and behind the facade, soil moisture and radiated heat. Furthermore, BOKU observated water content, building physics and biomass construction. The green wall is a development of the company TECH METALL in cooperation with the company Dachgrün

NBS Implementation context
Location Austria, Wien (Austria)
Status Project delivered (2014-2016)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale • Object (building) • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption High (dense city center)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
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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 1
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 1
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 1
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
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People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
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Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Governments • Local government/municipality
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Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster5_network_governanceCollaborative_governanceThe project is part of the city planning strategy in Vienna and it is financed by the city as a pilot project.
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Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Public financing
Description of the financing mechanism The project is part of the city planning strategy in Vienna and it is financed by the city as a pilot project.
Business Model
Class Type Description
The façade is intended to be more than a singular project for climate adaptation; ; it should serve as an example for other buildings to duplicate. Several additional public and private façade greening projects have been initiated or are being panned since implementing the MA48 façade.
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