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SMARTRoofs: Prüfung der Auswirkungen von Kombianlagen Solarenergienutzung und Dachbegrünungen auf die Biodiversität

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Within the framework of the action plan for the implementation of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy, scientific principles and findings on the ecological balance potential of green building measures are to be developed. The Urban Ecology Research Group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW (Institute for Environment and Natural Resources) was invited by Dr. Franziska Humair from the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN to submit an offer for a research project entitled "SMARTRoofs: Testing the impact of combined solar energy use and green roofs on biodiversity". The project should be practice-oriented and therefore involves the Foundation Nature & Economy, with advice and collaboration in the area of communication and the involvement of the label holders for "Naturnahe Umgebungs-gestaltung". The ZHAW Research Group on Urban Ecology is responsible for project management and acting as the main contact. Research project: As part of the implementation of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan, an optimisation of the ecological infrastructure is to be developed in the area of generating specialist and practical knowledge by means of a performance review and a synthesis report on the ecological potential of green roof areas in connection with use for solar energy production. This will create a basis for authorities (model building regulations for zoning and supplementary guidelines) as well as standards (SIA) with regard to an optimised promotion of native flora and fauna and a contribution to the federal government's energy strategy 2050. In cooperation with the Foundation Nature & Economy, corresponding model procedures and label specifications will be developed. In practice, unfortunately, green roof areas often have to give way when solar energy use is retrofitted on a roof. It is important to show that the combination solution works and is a benefit for biodiversity and energy production.


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