greening UP! Sustainable green maintenance, maintenance, maintenance of vertical greenery including legal aspects

Based on extensive surveys and analyses of existing vertical building greenery in outdoor areas (floor and system-bound façade greening) and vertical interior greenery, the project develops tailor-made green care, maintenance and repair concepts and addresses legal aspects. The "greening UP!" Knowledge pool with concrete recommendations and clearly presented findings as well as the conception of a digital tool for the "First Green Aid" complete the project.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

The value of green buildings has been increasing because of a continuous decrease of green spaces in urban areas and concurrent global climate changes which causes urban heat islands, particularly in cities. Vertical greenings, such as ground-bound greenings with climbing plants or complex facade-bound greenings in exterior spaces are effective countermeasures and solution to solve the described issue. Especially vertical greenings have an enormous potential within the context of densification of urban areas because no land area is consumed.

Furthermore, facade greenings and vertical greenings in indoor spaces affect the human well-being positively. As a result, the urban population´s quality of life and work environment increases. Hence, vertical greenings have positive effects on the environment, microclimate and the quality of life in the cities.

The applicant´s experience shows that the maintenance for vertical greenings in the interior and exterior space are often neglected. Particularly, innovative green facade (systems) are perceived as technological products. The necessary long-term maintenance and plant caring for systems which work with the natural material "plant" are often not considered.

Contents and goals

The overall goal of the project is to establish a basis to maintain vertical greenings long-term and as a further consequence to enable innovative large-scale vertical greenings in the city of the future.


The basis of the project is a wide-ranging survey of the initial state of selected vertical greenings in the exterior and interior space. The users of the vertical greenings as well as stakeholders are involved into this process. In the next step a concept is developed which provides information about green care, maintenance, management and control of the systems taking legal building regulations into account.

Expected results

The findings of the project (know-how about garden maintenance, care, etc.) address the owners and users of the greenings. The "greening UP!"-knowledge pool provides the know-how which is generated within the project understandable for the target group. Furthermore, the generated knowledge is processed within the conception of a tool called "first green aid".

Project Partners

Project management

Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Dopheide e.U.

Project or cooperation partners

  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Hochbau und Technologie
  • Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
  • TreeBee-Iring Süss e.U.
  • Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Institut für Ingenieurbiologie und Landschaftsbau (IBLB), Mag. Peter Skolek

Contact Address

Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Dopheide e.U.
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Dopheide
Schönbrunner Straße 59-61/10
A-1050 Wien
Tel.: +43 (699) 10840733