Introducing “Greenest of the Green” Project in Finland

The objective of the Greenest of the Green Block of Flats is to explore the functionality of green areas on the roofs of apartment buildings and to gain important insight into the impacts green roofs may have on housing and the sense of community.

The study covers an exceptionally extensive green development project in an apartment building located in a variable urban environment. In addition, the study looks into the effects that green areas have on, for example, urban runoff, energy efficiency, and the happiness of the residents.

The project in Jätkäsaari is a wonderful combination of research and construction: for instance, the green facades form a scientific experiment that tests how the quality of the growing medium, direction, and floor height affect the survival of the plants. Furthermore, the ways of using the various green roofs of the building are being developed through co-design in order to ensure that the future designs for green roof spaces are even better and meet the needs of the residents as well as possible.

The knowledge produced in this location will help to design better, more sustainable solutions with more environmental responsibility.

This is a dream come true -project for me“, says landscape designer, horticulturist Taina Suonio, ‘the mother of the project’. “The research group is very happy of the fact that the concepts we brought up during the first meeting, such as a meadow roof, a fruit and berry oasis, a garden of useful plants, and a butterfly feeding station, have all come true after extensive cooperation with the different stakeholders of the project“, emphasizes professor Susanna Lehvävirta, the leader of the research group.

Read more of the project here:

Fifth Dimension – Green roofs and walls in urban areas research program:


The kitchen garden is the heart of the block. Photo by Taina Suonio

“Climate Adaptation Days” Seminar in Sandnes, Norway August 30th – 31st 2017


For the second year in a row the Climate Adaptation Days Seminar, arranged by the Skjeveland Group AS, was held in the Rogaland region of Southwest Norway.

SGIA Board member Bent Braskerud participated and has summarized the seminar and his impressions in a short report (Norwegian language.)

The seminar had a strong focus on storm water treatment and blue-green solutions. The list of speakers at the seminar included Kristin Halvorsen (Cicero), Magnar Sekse (City of Bergen), Christen Ræstad, Louise Fiil Hansen (SLA architects), Erling Holm, Gullik Gulliksen, Bengt Tovslid (Bergknapp), Edvard Sivertsen (Sintef-byggforsk), Svein Ole Åstebøl (COWI) and others.

Presentations from the seminar can be downloaded here.

Call for Nominations for the 2017 Scandinavian Green Roof Prize

The Scandinavian Green Roof Prize, originally an initiative of The City of Malmö, has been awarded annually to the best green roof project in Scandinavia since the prize’s inception in 2001. The prize is a collaboration between the Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association, E.ON and the Department of Internal Services in The City of Malmö.


Photo: Artipelag art gallery, Sweden – 2012 Scandinavian Green Roof Prize recipient.

Nominations for the 2017 Green Roof Prize may be sent to using the nomination template downloadable here no later than September 19th, 2017.

The 2017 award will be presented in conjunction with the BiodiverCity project’s concluding conference in Malmö November 22nd and 23rd, 2017.

More information about the Scandinavian Green Roof Prize is here.

Upcoming Events

BiodiverCity Slutkonferens den 22-23 november

Ekosystemtjänster är grunden för vår välfärd. Ändå tar vi dem ofta för givna. Men genom att se och värdera ekosystemtjänster kan vi påverka vår framtida välfärd och livskvalitet, både kort- och långsiktigt. Under konferensen tar du del av föreläsningar och samtal om biologisk mångfald i stadsmiljö. Du får veta mer om gröna lösningar ur olika perspektiv – såsom fastighets-, forsknings- och kommunalt perspektiv. Dagen avslutas med en paneldebatt.

Plats: Studio Meetingpoint, Nordenskiöldsgatan 24, Malmö

22 november

Klockan 12-13: Lunch (för de som vill, särskilda anmälan krävs)

Klockan 13-16.30: Konferens.

Klockan 19: Middag, mingel och prisutdelning av Scandinavian Green Roof Award (för de som vill, särskild anmälan krävs)

23 november

Klockan 8-12: Studiebesök – ta del av de gröna lösningar som gjorts inom projektet BiodiverCity. Du kan till exempel lära dig mer om biotoptak, urbana ängar och multifunktionella dagvattenlösningar.

Anmäl dig till konferensen här!

Location: Malmö, Sverige View location on map

EUGIC – Green Infrastructure Conference in Budapest November 29th-30th 2017


SGIA is pleased to endorse the EUGIC conference on green infrastructure and nature-based solutions for cities in Budapest from November 29th to 30th, 2017.

EUGIC will be an important meeting place for global practitioners, local experts and leaders in urban green infrastructure. Projects implemented in Europe and around the world will demonstrate innovation and best practice within the field.

EUGIC’s list of speakers includes Dusty Gedge, Vera Enzi, Gary Grant, Manfred Köhler and many more. The complete list is here.

The venue for EUGIC 2017 is the newly renovated Akvárium club in downtown Budapest.

Registrations for the event can be made here.

Our vision is a Scandinavia where buildings and nature are combined
– where green roofs and walls create living, livable and resilient cities.