Title Urban Greening Systems for the Mediterranean Region - UGREENS
Project Number 2013-1-CY1-LE005-03079
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Urban Greening technologies include Green Roofs and Living Walls. These technologies are now considered as integral
parts of Sustainable Construction practices, worldwide. While the necessary know-how on the implementation of Urban
Greening concepts has been under intense development in recent years, it remains that such technologies have witnessed
limited application in countries of the Mediterranean, a region that may reap the most benefits from their application.
Specifically, Urban Greening technologies have been known to mitigate urban heat island effects, storm-water runoff, as
well as provide thermal conditioning for buildings, thus significantly contributing to sustainable construction and
The reasons for the limited application of Urban greening technologies in the Mediterranean may include 1) a lack of
knowledge, by society and the construction industry, of the benefits of using green roofs, and 2) limited technical expertise
for the widespread implementation of UG technologies. Few organizations, in the Mediterranean, have developed
specialized expertise in the field of Urban Greening technologies, especially as these apply under the specific conditions and
characteristics of the region.
Therefore, UGreenS seeks to fill that gap in knowledge, by introducing new, important, and specialized for the
Mediterranean green technologies, to pertinent practitioners, in a manner that will allow the immediate application in the
society, thus helping fulfill the Sustainable Development targets of the EU.
Summary UGreenS is a partnership of three European Universities engaged in research in the field of green roofs and living walls with Small-Medium Enterprises which are engaged with the development and the implementation of such technologies in Europe. The partnership is led by Frederick Research Center and it includes the University of Seville, the Agricultural University of Athens, the University of Malta , the Agricultural Research Institute of Cyprus and the companies Terabia Urbana (from Spain), as well as P. Papadopoulos Consulting Engineers, THANGEKO I4 Engineering Consulting Services and Technovation Solutions from Cyprus .
The benefits of pertinent Urban Greening (UG) technologies can be categorized in environmental, aesthetic, social, and economic. Environmental benefits include the mitigation of the heat island effect, mitigation of urban storm-water runoff, enhancement of urban biodiversity, and thermal insulation of buildings. UG technologies have been reported to reduce noise pollution in cities, as well as improve the efficiency of photovoltaics installed on roofs of buildings. Further to the environmental benefits, UG technologies can significantly improve the aesthetics of city centers, and can lend themselves as focal points for tighter social interactions within urban communities. The economic benefits are related with energy savings produced by the enhancement of energy efficiency in buildings. As a result of the aforementioned benefits, the sustainability of urban environments is significantly enhanced, contributing to the sustainable development of our country.
In Mediterranean countries, however, UG technologies have witnessed limited application, possibly due to either lack of knowledge, by society and the construction industry, or limited technical expertise that would support the effective implementation of UG technologies. Few organizations, in the Mediterranean, have developed expertise in the field of UG, and these include our Spanish and Greek partners. Therefore, the main objective of this project is to capitalize on the existing knowledge of aforementioned organizations, and transfer this innovative know-how to practitioners in countries such as Cyprus.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
open and distance learning
Training material on the topics of
1. Green Roofs
2. Living Walls