Functional vegetation in urban environment
|IMCG Sweden AB
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|May 2013 - December 2013
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The project has generated a lot of knowledge regarding technical solutions for functional vegetation. We have also learned to describe the benefits that plants can create for individuals, for the people that lives in a building and for the city where the building is located. The project team has been enforced trough VegTech, Scandinavia´s best player in delivery, development and design of functional vegetation. We have also included Älvstranden Utveckling AB, Gothenburg´s main player in sustainable urban development to host the FV demonstrator in one of their projects.
Results and expected effects
If functional vegetation were implemented in all new productions and in all major remodeling projects in Sweden´s cities, many positive effects would occur; air would get cleaner, city noise would be suppressed, treatment plants would have less waste-water to take care of and our waterways would be protected from some contaminants. On a personal level, a number of people would avoid emphysema and lung cancer, a number of people would not fall ill in cardiovascular diseases and the city would become a more pleasant and more sustainable place to live and stay in.
Approach and implementation
The project has been driven by traditional team-work but also byalso by inviting some key actors, such as the Swedish construction industries Environment Committee in workshop form and also trough inviting key players in the energy sector and in urban development to mingle occasions. A large number of interviews and telephone interviews have been conducted and all this together has resulted in the successful implementation of an interesting, fun and useful project.