Our Research Goals

  1. Work Excellence and Approach:
    • We take pride in our work, consistently striving for excellence.
    • Our approach is grounded in a reliable and proven solution.
  2. Project Enrichment:
    • Every project we undertake becomes an enriching experience for us.
    • We learn and grow through each endeavour.
  3. Track Record in Renewable Energy and Green Roofing:
    • Our track record speaks volumes.
    • We’ve achieved significant strides in the field of renewable energy and green roofing.
  4. Research Focus:
    • Our approach is regionally tailored, considering precipitation levels. Specifically, we divide our strategy into two regions:
      • High Precipitation Rate: This region experiences annual precipitation greater than 800 mm/year.
      • Low Precipitation Rate: This region experiences annual precipitation lower than 800 mm/year with a frequency of at least 2 times per year.
  5. Realised Projects:
    • We have a variety of innovative projects in Switzerland and the Middle East, starting from Israel.
    • Additionally, we’ve conducted pilot projects in Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
  6. Future Collaborations:
    • Our collaborations are expanding to southern countries like Italy and Somaliland.
  7. Challenges and Expansion:
    • However, we recognize that there’s room for improvement.
    • In the UK and the USA, there remains a lack of good practices in combining vertical installations with green roofs and integrating wind turbines on rooftops.

“Our research goals encompass multiple key areas: microclimate, biodiversity, sponge city, renewable energy sources, maintenance.”

— Growsolutions’ Team

Influence on the building – Microclimate

First of all, the invested good should be optimally and long-term protected. For this, a green roof with rainwater retention is just right, because the roof skin certainly lives much longer because the temperature and humidity are much more balanced on the sealing membrane. In addition, the top floor of the building is better insulated, especially in summer when the green roof, thanks to the rainwater stored on the roof, continues to cool the roof with the plants through evaporation, thus energy can also be saved for building cooling.

Sponge City – Urban Heat Island effect

The influence of the stored rainwater, which is released to the environment through the evaporation of the plants, demonstrably also cools the environment and sustainably relieves the drainage system of the municipality, especially in heavy rainfall, which can also lead to cost savings in terms of fees and levies, depending on regulation.

Green roof – Biodiversity

A green roof with an appropriate structure offers a large number of plants, animals and microorganisms a habitat. A rich biodiversity makes every green roof more resilient and is all the more important in built-up areas, as well as in the containment of neophytes. The greener areas, even during dry periods, the more rainfall occurs, so every green roof in the city helps to counteract climatic desertification.

Renewable energies

The production of PV or small wind power can be cleverly combined. If we install the PV modules in such a way that the biodiverse vegetation can thrive almost unrestrictedly and very importantly can be maintained very easily, the combination is optimal, because the evaporation of the plants can also cool the temperature of the modules and thus increase the productivity of the modules. Small wind turbines with the right technology (for unstable wind) at the roof edge can be real windbreakers and new wind converters.

Maintenance of energy green roof

To keep the costs of maintaining an energy green roof under control, a special mowing robot will be able to take over the work from 2025, one that can also be used technically targeted on the roof with a camera and infrared camera as the “first man”.