Public targets and funding sources

To deliver quality-assured greening of buildings, clear targets and grants from the public sector as well as industry-generated minimum standards will be helpful. The following overview is continually updated with the latest developments. 

Things you need to know about public sector targets and grants 

A range of instruments and targets for the delivery of green buildings exist in Austria. Legislation of the federal states is the legal foundation for local and reginal spatial planning. The delivery of local spatial plans is the responsibility of local parishes according to the national constitution. The respective targets and provisions at the level of the local spatial plan apply. These are governed by local regulations. 

The implementation of greening buildings is also embedded in national strategies and policy documents that vary in their reference to local areas, for example: 

Grants for the implementation of green building measures are available across Austria as part of the house building program (bonus points) and also directly from cities’ own funding sources (green measures, urban renewal) for different target groups (Graz, Vienna, Linz). 

Grants for street-side green and living walls Vienna (up to 5000€) 

Grants for commercial new buildings (Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria) – including extensive green roof and green and living walls with up to 150€/m². 

Grants for thermal building renovation for commercial buildings (Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria) – including extensive green roof and green and living walls with up to 150€/m². 

Advice on available grants on the topic of greening buildings is also available in several states and cities. They are either for interested companies of private individuals: 

Eco-business plan Vienna (for businesses) 

Ecological business advice Niederösterreich  (for businesses) 

Advice for greening buildings Graz (businesses, private individuals, owners of buildings) 

Developing standards for greening buildings 

In Austria, the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI) is responsible for developing standards. For greening buildings there are already two established standards. They should be considered as a voluntary minimum standard for implementation of green building projects. In some cases, they are a condition for receiving grants. 

For the technical area of green and living walls, the ÖNORM L1136 vertikale Außenbegrünung (vertical greening) will shortly be available.  

State of the art technology 

Beyond applying the standard, the respective state of the art technology can be applied. The experts take guidance for assessments and damage report using the commonly available supporting guidelines and regulations.  For the area of greening buildings the following are recommended: 

Swiss Standards Institute (SNV)  

Research Institute for Landscape development and Landscaping (FLL) 

City of Vienna

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Becoming a member of the network partnership makes you visible on our online platform. You can network, create and publish your ideas or (building) project, have a strategy conversation and have access to promoted services. 

PROJECT SUPPORT

Delivering projects together

We will accompany you as your strategic partner, so that your greening project is a success. Together we can work out your greening aims. By managing the interface between different partners across planning, building, operating, quality assurance and maintenance, we ensure an outstanding result. 

We will support you from square one: The process starts with the concept stage and then via planning, tender issue, search for network partners, implementation, technical sign-off to operation. We will recommend grants and support you with your application. 

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