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A short description of the NBS project

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 1 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 1 conservation measures.

NBS Implementation context
Location Europe, EU
Status Project delivered (2011-2015)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
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.)
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? Community • Research institutions
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
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.
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster5_network_governanceCollaborative_governanceThis 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)
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM • EU-Life Long Learning Program
Description of the financing mechanism This project named Biosolarroofs was funded by the EU-Life Long Learning Program with a total funding support of €250.000.
Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
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
Knowledge_driversGeneration of evidence Collaboration Information accessibility and sharing Awareness • Research on benefits; • Networks; • Knowledge platforms; • Climate Change -
Governance_driversProcess efficiencies Co-creation and participation • Collaboration; • Cross sectorial spaces and partnerships • Co-production
Economy_driversCreate conditions for new business models and finance schemes
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversUncertainty • Performance unknown
Governance_driversInstitutional barriers • Lack of flexibility of decision making structures
Economy_driversPerception of the benefits • Short term vision
What makes this project a pioneer?
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.)
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