Problem Addressed

This solution was sourced in response to UKGBC’s Innovation Challenge: “How can communities and local authorities implement, maintain, and assess the impact of nature-based solutions to enhance climate resilience?”

Urban Heat Islands, air pollution and pluvial flooding are major threats for urban development and the health and safety of cities populations. Action needs to be taken to solve urban growth and climate change impacts.

Solution Overview

GREENPASS helps planners, developers and municipalities take the best decision for each phase of urban planning and development in relation to climate, water, air, biodiversity, energy and cost. GREENPASS is A Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tool for evaluation, optimization and certification of climate-resilient urban planning and architecture. GREENPASS provides tailored tools for the urban planning process for new developments or retrofit – on building plot, district or entire city level. The unique expert simulation-based solution (powered by ENVImet) considers more than 50 scientifically accepted KPIs within 6 urban challenges:

  • Climate
  • Water
  • Air
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy & cost – to optimize cost & benefit efficiency of building
  • Vegetation & materials for climate resilient urban planning & architecture.

Together with 40+ trained Urban Climate Architect partners GREENPASS has supported more than 160 developments in 12 countries to future proof and provide investment security. GREENPASS provides the 1st international certification standard for climate resilience complementary & synergetic to Green Building Certificates (BREEAM, LEED) offering solutions to fulfil regulative approaches, e.g. EU Taxonomy.

Cost for GREENPASS Services for entire planning process supervision is project-size related and typically reaches from 0.5-4 €/m2 Gross-Floor-Area (GFA) and is thus ranging in the permille of total construction & development costs.

Verification & Case Study

The worldwide applicable GREENPASS Software & Technology has been developed in the last 10 years with international universities and experts within more than 16 international R&D projects and 4m€ in funding – based on 5 international case study cities: Vienna, London, Hong Kong, Cairo & Santiago de Chile.

They used expert simulation system ENVImet, which is the world’s most famous software for microclimatic simulations with more than 3.000+ scientific papers.

Case Study

IKEA opened in Vienna in summer 2021 and is the most innovative furniture store currently in the IKEA world. With its 160 trees, the building cools the neighbourhood of Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station by up to -1.5 °C on a heat day.

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