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Pioneer Case

INPS, Green Facade Pilot Project – Genoa

A short description of the NBS project

A vertical greening system installed on the facade of an office building built early in the last century and renovated in the 1980’s, owned by INPS (National Institute of Social Insurance) and located in the city center of the Genoa neighborhood of Sestri Ponente, an area characterized by a relatively high population density. INPS Green Facade is a pilot project coordinated by the University of Genoa (DAD) which aims to quantify the positive effects of the green envelopes in densely built urban environment. Monitoring activities are focused on the evaluation of the environmental benefits, both economic and social, in particular in densely urbanised areas, with special attention to the Mediterranean area. The objective of the intervention is to quantify the positive effects of the green envelopes in densely built urban environment.

NBS Implementation context
Location Italy, Genoa
Latitude 44.4056499
Longitude 8.94625
Status Project delivered
Dates 2015.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale neighbourhood
Urban density/ Soil consumption high (dense city center, 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? A public institution, a national agency/ the state
Contracting Authority National Institute of Social Insurance
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: INPS (public entity) Main partners: University of Genoa - Faculty of Architecture (Architecture, landscaping)
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. Citizens
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project 50k€ - 200k€
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM European Regional and Development Fund_ERDF
Description of the financing mechanism
Business Model
Class Type Description
TechnologicalMaximize material productivity and energy efficiency
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation medium (between 2 to 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention around 10 years
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_driversAwarenessNBS_ambassadorsThe process benefits from the existing knowledge (from all the stakeholders) regarding NbS in cities and it was possible to generate the missing knowledge
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_barriersUncertaintyPerformance_unknowThe process suffer from the concerns of some of the stakeholders regarding the unknown consequences
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field Design_or_techniques_employed
Brief description of the innovativeness Pilot project of green facade in Genoa
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
IM Keywords
  • green wall

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