Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
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
Project delivered (2011-2015)
Description of the NBS
object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale
• Object (building)
Urban density/ Soil consumption
• High (dense city center, etc.)
• Low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?